Police have new evidence, possible suspect in unsolved 2007 murder case

Paula Wolfe’s body was found along Gilbert Avenue in January 2007.
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Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 10:53 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Fourteen years into an unsolved murder investigation, Cincinnati Police Department detectives believe they are much closer to the truth — and to an arrest — because they have new evidence.

Paula Wolfe was murdered on Jan. 5, 2007. Her body was found wrapped in a comforter along Gilbert Avenue, according to CPD.

Wolfe was a performer, so the news of her death shattered the musical community and deeply impacted her family members and friends.

In the months after her passing, her loved ones celebrated her life, not understanding why the 47-year-old Madeira woman had been shot and killed.

“They were shocked at the circumstances, not only that she was dead, but the circumstances behind all that,” CPD Homicide Det. Greg Gehring said.

Gehring has worked the case since the start of the investigation. He sees it as a heartless crime.

“With the condition we found her and the condition that she was left, it was very cold, very cold murder. No regard for her whatsoever as a human,” Gehring said.

Although 14 years have passed since the murder, Gehring says he has not stopped working every lead. Right now, they are processing new physical evidence, and Gehring says they have reason to believe the people responsible for Wolfe’s murder are part of a drug cartel.

“It was an international drug organization out of Mexico that someone she knew was involved with that got her in that situation,” Gehring said. “The guys involved, responsible for this, are dangerous guys.”

Those connections means Cincinnati investigators have been working with the Dallas and Houston police department as well as the DEA.

“We actually are actively looking for one individual, not believed to be in this country, and there are other leads that we are currently following up on as well,” Gehring said.

Gehring says he feels for Wolfe’s family, knowing she was essentially an innocent party pushed into the middle of a dangerous crime.

“Seemed like a good person,” he said. “Just was put in an unfortunate situation with someone that she knows that got her involved in a situation which led to this.”

Anyone with information on Wolfe’s case is asked to come forward by calling the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit at 513-352-3542 or by calling Crime Stoppers anonymously at 513-352-3040.

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