Strongsville police arrest future son-in-law in murder of teacher

credit: Strongsville Police

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -  Strongsville Police Chief Mark Fender announced Tuesday that 20-year-old Jeffrey Scullin, the fiance of murder victim Melinda Pleskovic's daughter, has been arrested in her death.

Scullin is the only person who reported seeing break-ins at the home in recent months (in August and then the Thursday before the murder).

He and the victim’s daughter lived with Pleskovic in her home. They have a one year old daughter.

He is in custody on $1 million bail.

Melinda Pleskovic, 49, a long-time Strongsville teacher, was found with multiple stab wounds in the kitchen of her Blazing Star Drive home just after 8 p.m. October 23 by her husband and Scullin.

The murder followed at least seven reports of suspicious incidents at the home since 2016, ranging from harassment to attempted break-ins.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said that Pleskovic was shot and stabbed.  She had gunshot wounds and sharp force injuries to her body along with skeletal and internal injuries.

Previously, the department had asked for the public's patience with the investigation:

Continuing coverage here. 

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Ann Domeck October 31, 20175:03 pm

No questions will be answered at this point.

Ann Domeck October 31, 20175:02 pm

You are as safe here today as you were a month or a year ago. 

We cannot release details of this or any other case actively under investigation. Doing so would hamper police efforts to solve crimes.

Ann Domeck October 31, 20175:02 pm

Message for everyone in Strongsville: no community is immune to violence, but this IS a safe community. The safety of our public is our number 1 priority.

Ann Domeck October 31, 20175:01 pm

Bond has been set for $1 million dollars.

Police are still investigating and are asking for more information from the public.

Ann Domeck October 31, 20175:00 pm

Chief Fender: 20 year old Jeffrey William Jr. Skullin has been arrested fiancee of the woman’s daughter. He lived in the home.