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A Murdered Woman Hanging From A Fence Was Mistaken For A Spooky Halloween Decoration

Police arrested 27-year-old Donnie Cochenour Jr. and charged him with one count of murder.

Posted on October 16, 2015, at 8:27 a.m. ET

Chillicothe Police Department


What some residents of a southern Ohio city thought was a spooky Halloween decoration turned out to be a dead woman hanging from a fence.

The woman’s sleeve was caught on the fence and her body was dangling in front of it. The woman was later identified as 31-year-old Rebecca Cade, a longtime resident of the area.

Construction workers in Chillicothe, Ohio, called police Tuesday morning to report the body, according to WKRC.

“I thought somebody was playing a prank on the construction workers and I told my daughter it was a dummy,” a neighbor told the Columbus Dispatch. “It was so awful that I thought the prank went too far.”

Chillicothe Chief: Rebecca Cade died of blunt force injuries to head. A bloody rock may be murder weapon @wsyx6

Police arrested 27-year-old Donnie Cochenour Jr. and charged him with one count of murder, police said in a statement.

In a news conference Wednesday, Police Chief Keith Washburn said Cade died of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. Police said she had obvious injuries, but denied the woman’s body had been mutilated. Next to the body, police officers found a bloody rock, the size of a grapefruit, believed to be the murder weapon.

upnorthlive.com

Chillicothe, Ohio

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