Authorities speak out on disappearance, death of Mansfield woman

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MANSFIELD, Ohio — Authorities held a press conference Friday morning on the disappearance and death of a 62-year-old woman known by neighbors as a quiet “cat lady” who cared for several stray animals.

Detectives say Patsy Hudson disappeared July 4 after an argument with two of her neighbors over her cats. A police report filed by Hudson on that day– the last day she was seen alive– states that one of her cats was killed and another poisoned.

Those two neighbors, Walter Renz and Linda Buckner/Blehar, were arrested in Lewis County, Tenn., last week. The pair lived next door to Hudson.

Hudson, 62, hadn’t been seen since and was reported missing on Dec. 22.

Officials say remains they believe to be Hudson’s were found at several different locations.

“It’s very, very difficult,” said Asst. Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch. “It’s been tough on our officers.”

Porch and Mansfield Police Chief Ken Coontz praised the job of their officers, as well as the help they received from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and federal agencies.

Authorities said the investigation is active and ongoing.

Continuing coverage here. 

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