WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – On the porch of an empty house on Scott Street in Warren, Judy McClellan found her granddaughter who has been missing since last Tuesday.
“I really think she’s probably been here since the 15th,” McClellan said.
WKBN is not identifying the woman, who has reportedly been missing since September 15, at the request of family. The family is waiting until detectives can confirm the identity.
Investigators said the woman’s family had been looking for her when they made the discovery. The body was found around 3 p.m. in the vacant home on the corner of Scott Street and Waverly Avenue.
Warren detectives are working closely with the coroner’s office and the family to learn what happened, according to Warren Police Lt. Daniel Mason, who said the investigation may take days, or even weeks. Police said the body of the woman appeared to be in the vacant home for some time.
McClellan says she thinks heroin is what killed her granddaughter.
“Got to get the drugs out of here. Got to get the drug dealers out of here,” she said.
Neighbors in the area said they were shocked to hear a body was found at the vacant house.
“I wouldn’t want that to happen. I feel bad for the family. All of my prayers go out to the family,” said neighbor Andre Owens.
“I hate to see anybody go out like that,” resident Mallory Jackson said. “She was a pretty girl; she had her whole life ahead of her.”
An autopsy will be done in Summit County to see if the woman’s death is drug-related, or if her death could be attributed to another cause.
Detectives are asking that anyone with information on the girl’s death or who she was with to call the Warren Police Department.