Saturday, August 14, 1999

Missing woman's body found in creek




BY KRISTINA GOETZ and PHILLIP PINA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — A mother and child walking along a creek bank near their new home under construction discovered the badly decomposed body of a missing Florence woman Friday night.

        Boone County Coroner Douglas Stith identified the body as that of as Sharon E. Bess, 58, who had been miss ing since Aug. 7.

        Her cause of death won't be determined until at least Monday, Mr. Stith said. She suffered from manic depression, diabetes and other ailments, he said.

        There were no obvious wounds or other clues to the cause of death, Florence police said.

        The clothed body was found in about a foot of water in Gunpowder Creek, police said.

        The body was found at about 8 p.m. along a tree-covered stretch of the creek as it runs through the Kensington Place subdivision off Pleasant Valley Road in Florence. The nearest home, in the 8500 block of Imperial Court, is about 300 feet from where the body was found.

        Officers borrowed extension cords for extra lighting after night fell so they could investigate the scene.

        Mrs. Bess was last seen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 near her apartment at Parkland Place in Florence. Family members reported her missing Sunday. Several friends said they saw her earlier this week walking around town but didn't know she had been reported missing.

       



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