Police have recovered the car missing since the April 8 stabbing death of Edith King, 81, of West Carrollton, in the parking lot of a public housing complex in Dayton.
King’s 2005 Hyundai Elantra was found on April 30 in the parking lot of the housing complex at 3601 Limestone Ave., near Gettysburg Avenue and Germantown Pike, West Carrollton Police Chief Richard Barnhart said Wednesday.
“This is a big step. We were wanting to find the car as quickly as we could,” he said Wednesday at a press conference.
King, a long-time resident and retiree from a local paper company, died on Monday, April 8, from “multiple sharp force injuries, sometime after lunchtime and before she was found by her daughter about 7:30 p.m. at her home on Windsor Court, according to police.
The call originally came in as a dead body, and when police arrived they were unsure of whether it was a suicide or homicide, police said.
“It’s an emergency,” the daughter said, according to the 911 recording. “I need a squad over at my mom’s right away. I think she’s dead.”
The daughter told the dispatcher that she went to her mother’s home because “I’ve been trying to get hold of her. It looks like her throat’s cut.”
The car was found by police assisting West Carrollton in the investigation, Barnhart said. Police suspect the car was dumped at the parking lot after the killing, Barnhart said. It was unclear how long the car had been parked there.
“The recovery of the car was not disclosed (sooner) due to detectives working on investigative leads related to the location of the car and reducing the list of possible suspects,” Barnhart said in a press release.
The information was released after police determined the information was becoming public, despite their efforts, Barnhart said.
It was the first new information released in the case since April 16, when police released photos of King and her car.
On Wednesday, Barnhart said investigators were still trying to narrow down their suspect list and awaiting results of crime lab tests on the car.
“We hope to solve it in the near future,” Barnhart said.