Police looking for suspects after finding body in burned-out house

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW)– Police are looking for two suspects after discovering a body in a burned-out house in East Cleveland in connection with a missing woman.

Alishah Pointer, 22, was last seen on Nov. 4 and her family reported her missing the next day, the Cleveland Division of the FBI said.

East Cleveland police said they received a tip just before 4 p.m. Tuesday that Pointer’s body was in the basement of a house on Savannah Avenue near Manhattan Avenue. Officers found the body of an African-American female. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will make the official identification.

Alishah Pointer (Photo courtesy: Cleveland Division of the FBI)

Police Chief Scott Gardner said they’re looking for Hakeem Ali Shomo and Nathaniel Poke, who are wanted for the “horrific events that occurred to 22-year-old Alishah Pointer.”

Reward money is available for the arrest and conviction of both suspects. Gardner said they should be considered armed and dangerous.

Hakeem Ali Shomo and Nathaniel Poke (Photos courtesy: East Cleveland police)

“We continue to work on this case and are doing our best to bring justice to the family in this matter,” Gardner said.

The FBI and the Secret Service are also assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the suspects’ whereabouts should contact East Cleveland police at 216-451-1234, the FBI at 1-877-FBI-OHIO or Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

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