‘My mother would tell me to pray for this heartless individual’: Daughter of elderly woman found beaten to death in South Euclid speaks

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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) – Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the murder of Essie Henry.

The 91-year-old woman was last seen alive Nov. 3 at about 4:30 p.m. Her body was found in a bush at Warrensville Center and Colony roads in South Euclid on the next afternoon.

Henry was severely beaten. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner listed her cause of death as blunt force trauma.

Officers found her body when police responded to a welfare check. Police told FOX 8 Henry lived in the area.

“We have been in contact with the decedents’ family, and they are cooperating with the investigation,” South Euclid police told us when Henry’s body was found.

Essie’s family members say they are heartbroken.

“Our mother was a true beacon of light to our family, friends and many that loved her,“ her daughter Balinda Henry-Profitt told the FOX 8 I-Team. “We want the community to know that she was a woman of faith, courage, and conviction. And this could have been your mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, or daughter.”

“(The suspect) Took a true gem, a matriarch, a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, and friend to many.”

“My mother would tell me to pray for this heartless individual,” Henry-Profitt said. “But our only prayer at this moment is that God not be silent and that his hand of justice be swift. Her senseless murder be avenged.”

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the South Euclid Police Department at 216-381-1234. You can also make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

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