Police: Woman’s Murder Was ‘Crime of Passion’

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STOW, Ohio--Stow police are trying to figure out the final hours of a woman's life before they said she was found murdered in a shed behind her home.

"There was a lot of physical evidence at the scene. That's why we think it was not a planned incident. Obviously, it was a crime of passion," Stow Police Chief Louis Dinker said.

A makeshift memorial is growing in the front yard of the duplex on Maplepark Road in Stow where 21-year-old Michelle Johnson lived, and where police found her body in a shed on Saturday.

So far, no one has been arrested.

"This is the type of thing that no community wants to experience in their city and we will do our utmost to solve this crime and I have every faith in our police department to do so," Stow Mayor Sara Drew said.

An officer found Michelle dead about 5:30 Saturday afternoon, police said.

Police said Michelle's mother called them concerned because she hadn't heard from her daughter in a few days.

"Bureau of Criminal Investigations spent most of the day Saturday there, came back Sunday, processing the interior of the duplex. There's quite a bit of forensic evidence in there," Dirker said.

Right now, they are trying to narrow down a list of suspects.

"Anybody who has any information on friends of hers or acquaintances, or any information at all, no matter how trivial you think it is, we would still appreciate a phone call," Dirker said.

Dirker said the medical examiner was unable to determine when Michelle was killed because her body had been left out in the cold.

He said they want anyone who recently saw or heard from Michelle to call Det. Sgt. Steve Dunton at (330) 689-5707.

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