Body found at Dayton house identified, investigation continues

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The body that was found Monday after a report of a suspicious odor led investigators to a Dayton home has been identified.

The Coroner’s Office tells 2 NEWS the body, identified Wednesday as 26-year-old Cora Rose Fraley, of Kettering, was recovered in the 200 block of South Hedges Street. The cause of death has not yet been determined, Dr. Kent Harshbarger said.

“The scene was very indicative of an unnatural death. there was some concern of the arrangement of the scene and some of the items found inside,” said Dayton Police Lieutenant Jason Hall.

On Tuesday, police said a suspect who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a confrontation with a Dayton officer was wanted in connection with the case. Police were told to be on the lookout for 32-year-old Erik Evans as a suspect in Fraley’s homicide hours before his death. It was his home Fraley was found inside of.

Upon his death, Evans was found with a note confessing to Fraley’s killing.

“That indicated he had in fact killed our victim and also kind of alluded to that he might have tried to kill another person but stated that person got away,” said Hall.

Hall said the note did not identify who that person was that got away but said police are hoping to speak with them.

“The Dayton Police Department is looking at every possible avenue. We want to make sure that we speak to everybody who is connected with this,” Hall said.

Investigators responded to the home after receiving reports of a foul odor.

Hall said police were still working to learn how Fraley ended up in Evans home and how they may have known each other. The incident remains under investigation.

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