Friday, September 24, 1999

Woman's body found in Bond Hill alley

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Six students on their way to school Thursday morning in Bond Hill made a gruesome discovery — a dead woman in an alley.

        Police identified the victim as Lena Ranford, 33, of Bond Hill. They wereinvestigating the death as a homicide, though the cause of death had not been determined. An autopsy was being conducted.

        The body was found about 9:10 a.m. in the 1400 block of Monoque Alley. Hamilton County Deputy Coroner Robert Pfalzgraf pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

        Police declined to discuss the extent and nature of Ms. Ranford's injuries.

        Ms. Ranford's sister, Gayle Holt, said neighbors told the family they heard a lot of noise and dogs barking in the alley Wednesday night.

        “I don't believe this happened. It's a shock right now, it's really a shock,” said Ms. Holt. “She wouldn't hurt nobody. She was kinda caught up in drugs and stuff.”

        Ms. Holt said she listened to a message from her sister about 9:30 or 10 p.m. Wednesday. “She said ... she wanted to talk to me about something,” Ms. Holt said.

        Church members and relatives gathered Thursday evening at the home of Rossie Lee Ranford, Ms. Ranford's mother.

        “We don't know what happened,” said the mother, who lives in Bond Hill. She said she learned of her daughter's death about 11 a.m. Thursday from her husband. Ms. Ranford was one of Rossie Lee Ran ford's five children.

        “Our little conversations, just her presence — being here” is what Ms. Holt said she will miss about her sister.

        The elder Ms. Ranford said she will continue to keep her daughter's two children, ages 15 and 6.

        Anyone with information regarding acquaintances, recent activities and/or the death of Ms. Ranford is asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit, 352-3542, or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.


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