Medical Examiner: Death of 40-year-old Cuyahoga Falls woman is a ‘homicide’

by PHIL KEREN | CUYAHOGA FALLS NEWS-PRESS EDITOR Published:

Cuyahoga Falls — The death of a 40-year-old Cuyahoga Falls woman whose body was found outside her Eighth Street home Thursday afternoon has been ruled a homicide by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
An autopsy revealed that Amanda K. Russell’s death was caused by multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso, according to Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the county coroner.
Additionally, Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis said that a man arrested overnight by Cleveland Metropark Rangers at Euclid Beach on an unrelated offense is a person of interest in the Russell case. “Apparently, there was a protection order issued against this person … by our victim,” said Davis to the Falls News-Press Friday afternoon. “Obviously we would look at that, but … we don’t have charges on the person in connection with the homicide because we don’t know whether he was up in Cleveland Metroparks all day or if he was anywhere near Cuyahoga Falls at this point.”
Davis stressed that the man is not considered a suspect in Russell’s death and added, “We don’t have charges on anybody yet.”
Davis noted that Cleveland Metroparks contacted his department about the arrest and added his detectives are “actively investigating all leads.”
Russell’s daughter summoned police at 3:26 p.m. Thursday after returning home from school and seeing her mother’s body lying in the backyard at their home at 3235 Eighth St. “She was too scared to go out and look,” a police press release said.

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