Missing Warrensville Heights woman’s body found with gunshot wound in Cleveland

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WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The body of a missing Warrensville Heights woman has been found on Cleveland's east side.

Jessica Coleman

Jessica Coleman

Police say Jessica Coleman, 26, was last seen Sunday at 9:30 p.m. when she left a family function.

The Cleveland Division of Police said that a body found near train tracks on East 83rd and Holton Avenue has been identified as Coleman.

The body was found by railroad workers around 3 p.m. Monday.

Police said Coleman sustained a gunshot wound.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office will determine Coleman's final cause of death.

Police tell FOX 8's Kevin Freeman that Coleman's boyfriend called police at 12:30 a.m. to say his girlfriend was missing. He noticed her car was still home, but she wasn't there.  The police chief said that the house was ransacked, but her purse was still there.

"We were woken up from the noise from the police knocking on the door, walking around, flashlights on," said next door neighbor Donald Lenear.

"This is a very quiet neighborhood, we all are concerned about each other, we always have each others' back, everybody really stays on their own porch unless you are needed, we have a village here," said neighbor Pamela Thomas.

"When the police came to us last night, he said that she was being held hostage and that it was a ransom on her...that's the only thing we know, when they came to us last night night and talked to us about it," said Lenear.

Warrensville Heights police confirm that they were told Jessica's boyfriend received a call, demanding several thousand dollars for her return.

Jessica's worried family spent much of the day at the police station, waiting for answers and praying she returns home safely.

A press conference set for 5 p.m. was canceled after police say they received a tip that they will follow up on. The tip was from a police department in Cuyahoga County.