Death of Niles woman during home invasion officially ruled homicide

Last Thursday, police say two white men held a couple at gunpoint at their Hiram Avenue home

Arlene Frasca - Niles, Ohio

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County Coroner officially ruled 74-year-old Arlene Frasca’s death a homicide, but could not say how she died.

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk says he’s keeping that information close to the vest so it doesn’t compromise the investigation.

Investigators in Niles still haven’t arrested anyone in relation to Frasca’s murder. She was killed during a home invasion attack last week on Hiram Avenue.

“As we progress with the case, it may seem that things have gotten quiet, at least publicly,” Capt. John Marshall said. “There are a lot of things that we are doing that, unfortunately, we are not able to release publicly until we have enough information.”

Last Thursday, police say two white men held the couple at gunpoint at their home. According to police, Arlene only appeared to suffer from minor injuries stemming from the attack, but still passed away.

Niles Police Department officials are calling this case their top priority, saying they hope to be able to make an arrest soon, even though they aren’t releasing many new details.

“It is something far more involved than it may seem on the surface, but rest assured that it is actively and aggressively pursued and we hope to bring it to a resolution soon.”

Even though investigators believe Arlene and her husband were targeted victims of this particular crime, they still say other homeowners should be aware.

“Be particularly careful about letting people know what kind of property you keep in your house. Sometimes it may be an innocent conversation, and you may be talking to somebody who may be looking to prey upon you,” Marshall said.

Investigators have not yet released what the two armed suspects were looking for and took from the Frascas’ home.

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