rebecca cade mistaken for halloween decoration
The body of an Ohio woman was found hanging from a fence in what witnesses thought was a grisly Halloween prank.
The victim was identified as Rebecca Cade and her alleged killer arrested, according to local media reports.
According to a report from FOX, fencing contractors discovered Cade’s body hanging by the sleeve from a fence on a residential street in Chillicothe, and initially thought the body was a Halloween decoration. Items of clothing belonging to the victim were found yards away, the Dayton Daily News reported.
At a news conference Wednesday, police identified the murder victim as 31-year-old Rebecca Cade — a life-long resident of the community — and said she died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries to her head and neck, the newspaper reported.
Authorities said 27-year-old Donnie Cochenour was arrested and charged following a tip to police. He is in on jail on a $2 million bond, according to Fox 28.
Police Chief Keith Washburn said it appeared Cade fought her attacker and that investigators found the suspected murder weapon — a bloody rock about the size of a grapefruit, the station reported.
“I was shocked, I mean, it is very heartbreaking because she was such a nice girl, I can’t fathom it — I don’t think it’s set in yet,” area resident Tabitha Cade told the station.
Tabitha Long, one of Cade’s friends, told PEOPLE that Cade suffered from learning disabilities. Rutherford confirmed that Cade was receiving public services for developmental disability issues. “She was very gullible, very easily misled, as long as she thought you were her friend she would do just about anything for you,” Long said, according to UpNorthLive.
Cade had a 15-month-old son, according to the Columbus Dispatch, which reported the boy was being raised by an aunt.