Mansfield police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old woman who was found in her home Sunday at 183 Rowland Ave., Apt. 2.
"We are investigating it as a homicide," Mansfield police Capt. Shari Robertson said Monday. The death marks the city's first homicide of the new year.
During the investigation, it was found that the victim had what appeared to be several stab wounds to her body, Robertson said.
Officers responded to the apartment at 6:11 p.m. Sunday.
Police on Monday identified the victim as Deanna Hoam. Her father, Donald Hoam, told officers he couldn't reach his daughter so he came to check on her. The door to her home was locked but the father had a key and entered the residence, where he found his daughter deceased and called 911, according to a police report.
"I found my daughter dead in her bath tub," her father said on the 911 tape.
Her father said he had reported to police that she was missing.
The father told police he owned the vehicle his daughter was driving and said it was missing. Police sent a BOLO (be on the lookout for) alert regarding the 2007 red Ford Fusion, according to another police report. A short time later, an officer found the vehicle in front of a residence on West Blanche Street, unoccupied with the keys on the driver's side seat.
Officers found pieces of a ceramic coffee mug on the street and on top of the vehicle. The right rear window of the vehicle was shattered and glass was inside the vehicle, according to the police report. The vehicle was towed to the a city garage to secure and preserve possible evidence.
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The Richland County Coroner's Office was contacted and Mansfield fire and rescue personnel were on the scene as well. Tom Stortz, a coroner's investigator, said the woman's body is being taken for an autopsy.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective Larry Schacherer, at 419-755-9766.
This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Mansfield woman's death investigated as city's 1st homicide of 2022