Family Fears Victim is Their Loved One

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CLEVELAND -- Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a girl discovered the body of a 45-year-old woman in the 9300 block of Bessemer Avenue in Cleveland.

"I had just went to the store about two o'clock and when I walked past, I'm always looking around, I swear I did not see a body, so whoever did that had to just been put that body there before the police came," said Laquenta Flucker, a resident.

"Black female victim was found in the field with blunt force trauma to the head.  EMS responded and the victim was pronounced dead on the scene," said Sgt. Sammy Morris with the Cleveland Division of Police.

Angelique Malone and her sister Dominique say they reported their mother, 45-year-old Christine Malone, missing on Tuesday.

They came to the scene, fearing that the body found was their mother.

"We just reported her missing a couple of days ago, we've been looking ourselves, we got out here and looked," said Dominique Malone.

"My mother, she has five granddaughters and she been helping take care of her disabled father.  My mother, she was a nice person, she'd give you the shirt off her back, she didn't deserve this," Angelique Malone said.

At the time of this report, the victim had not been identified by authorities.

The woman's body that was discovered on Thursday was found about a mile from where 20-year-old Jazmine Trotter's body was discovered in an abandoned home on Sunday.

"We just did Jaz's vigil, and to see another female days later, it's kind of hard to take in," said Loretta Ferguson, a community activist.

"At this time, both incidents are under investigation.  Until we get a little further into them, we'll have more information," Morris said.

"As a woman, and I pray for women when I see them walking by themselves, do not be alone," Ferguson said.

"My message to women is to be safe and at night, as Loretta said, don't be alone at night because you got some savages out here and savages do savage things," said Khalid Samad, a community activist.

Cleveland police said they are not sure how long the woman's body had been in the field.  Anyone with information should call the Homicide Unit at (216) 623-5464.

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