At press time Tuesday, the Portsmouth Police Department still had not released the name of the woman whose body was found in a vehicle on a parking lot.
Officers from the Portsmouth Police Department and the Scioto County Coroner’s Office, with the assistance of investigators from the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), continued to investigate the early morning discovery of a deceased female in a parked vehicle. The body was discovered in a parked vehicle at 7:25 a.m. by employees of Goodwill Industries located at 1910 Robinson Ave. in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The lot where the vehicle was parked is located between 11th and 12th streets just off Grandview Avenue and members of the Portsmouth Police Department, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, the Portsmouth Fire Department and Life Medical Response, were at the scene and taped it off with “crime scene” tape as they awaited the arrival of Scioto County Coroner, Dr. Darren Adams.
Around noon an investigator from BCI was at the scene taking photographs of the vehicle with the doors open. Detectives from the Portsmouth Police Department were also at the scene while the on-scene investigation was continuing.
The Portsmouth Fire Department provided assistance in removing the body, which appeared to have been there for several hours. Due to the effects of high temperatures, it may be some time before a positive identification and manner of death are determined.
The body was taken to the Montgomery County Morgue for autopsy. Anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation is asked to call the Portsmouth Police Department Detective Bureau at (740)354-1600.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.