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Woman killed, stuffed under Cleveland church stairs identified

October 8, 2018

Woman killed, stuffed under Cleveland church stairs identified

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A woman found dead and stuffed under the stairs of a church has been identified.

Jasmine Washington, 31, died of blunt force trauma to her head, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. No arrests have been made in her death, which was ruled a homicide.

Washington’s body was found Sept. 17 under a staircase at the Broadway Christian Church on Engel Avenue in the city’s North Broadway neighborhood.

A business near the church asked church officials to check on a foul odor emanating from the property, according to police reports.

A maintenance worker at the church checked around and initially found nothing. He told police he decided to take another look under a staircase and saw a foot, police reports say.

He called 911 and police discovered her decomposed body with head trauma, according to police. No one reported her missing, according to Cleveland police records.

Washington has dozens of misdemeanor convictions for trespassing and misconduct on public transportation. She appeared in court Aug. 23 and was sentenced to 12 months of probation on several cases and released from the county jail.

She was charged on Aug. 27 with disorderly conduct in connection with an Aug. 20 on East 65th and Fleet Avenue, according to court records. She never showed up for her hearing that was scheduled for Sept. 5.

She is one of 103 people that have been killed in Cleveland in 2018, and one of only 17 killed as a result of non-gun violence.

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