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Next of kin notified; investigation into woman's death continues

By The Herald Staff | 6/9/2013

Ottawa police have called in outside assistance in investigating the death of a 29-year-old woman who was found Sunday in a residence across the street from Ottawa University.

A body was discovered in a multi-family residence in the 900 block of South Cedar Street in Ottawa and reported to police Sunday morning. Police responded at 9:48 a.m. Sunday, according to a press release from Dennis Butler, Ottawa police chief.

"The scene was secured and a comprehensive investigation was launched to determine the cause of death," Butler said. "The dead woman has been preliminarily identified, is 29-years-old, and the next of kin notified. The name of the woman found will not be released until positive identification is made."

Butler announced late Sunday that outside agencies had been called to assist with the investigation of the woman's death.

"As part of the investigation Dr. Bud Ransom, [Franklin County coroner], responded to examine the body and review the scene where the body was found," Butler said. "In a joint decision with police, Dr. Ransom contacted Medical Examiner Erik Mitchell who responded from Kansas City to assist in this investigation. Also assisting in this investigation are members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office."

The residence where the body was discovered — a house converted to a multi-unit apartment building — features a sign over the front door that reads "Campus View" and faces the west edge of Ottawa University, 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa. Cedar Street is a major north-south residential thoroughfare through the city.

Anyone with information related to the woman's death is encouraged to contact Ottawa Police Department detectives at (785) 242-2561, or remain anonymous by calling the Franklin County Crime Stoppers hotline at (888) 311-8477.

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