Family Wants Answers in Death of Beloved Mother & Grandmother

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- Crime scene investigators spent all day Wednesday looking for evidence inside the Brunswick home of 55-year-old Mary Tench.

“I can’t imagine anybody wanting to do anything to Mary,” neighbor Hugh Harper said.

The mother of two and grandmother of four was found dead Tuesday inside her vehicle, parked in an industrial area, a short distance from her home.

Police are calling her death a homicide. They have not named any suspects nor made any arrests.

Police will not say how she was killed.

“It’s mind-blowing that someone could do this to such an innocent, sweet woman, and whoever did this is disgusting,” her daughter, Jennifer Swain, said.

Swain said she became concerned when Tench did not show up Tuesday morning to babysit her grandchildren.

“She was an angel and to know that she was brutally assaulted by somebody like that – it hurts,” Swain said.

According to the missing persons report, Tench was last seen leaving her job at an assisted living home in Lakewood about 11 p.m. Monday.

“It’s hard to believe,”  Hugh Harper said.

Neighbors said Mary Tench and her family lived at the home for about twenty years. Her husband died about two years ago.

"To know Mary was pretty much to love Mary. Everybody in the neighborhood adored her,” Hugh Harper said.

“Everybody loved Mary,” neighbor Debbie Harper said.

Neighbors were shocked to find out about her death. Now that police are looking for a killer is even more unsettling.

“It’s very scary. When I saw the crime scene unit trucks pull up-- it’s like why are they looking in the house?” Debbie Harper said.


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