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Police find brother of murdered 75-year-old woman

By Kelli Wynn - Staff Writer



Dayton Police, with the help of the Japanese Consulate, have located the brother of a 75-year-old woman who was shot to death and thought to have no family in the United States.

Now, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is waiting to proceed with the final disposition of Take Gangloff of Dayton.

Gangloff, a native of Okinawa, Japan, was shot to death near an RTA bus stop in the 300 block of Norwood Ave. near Mound St., shortly before 6 am on Sept. 13. “She was killed where we found her,” Dayton Police Sgt. Richard Blommel said.

Initially, police detectives and coroner investigators were not able to locate any family members.

The coroner’s office has received numerous calls from religious organizations willing to take care of Gangloff’s final disposition, said Ken Betz, director or the coroner’s office.

Last week, a homicide detective discovered that Gangloff had a brother living in Japan, who apparently had not seen her for 50 years, Betz said.

“(The detective) said the Japanese consulate told her it may be very expensive to transport her back to Japan and very expensive to even bury the ashes,” Betz told the Dayton Daily News last week.

Despite the great interest in helping with Gangloff’s final disposition, the coroner’s office most likely will seek the city’s help in handling the cremation and permanent storage of Gangloff’s remains if her brother decides not to handle the arrangements.

“We’ve had numerous religious organizations and community folks that have reached out and volunteered to contribute or take care of the remains or process the remains for us,” Betz said. He said that he and other officials decided that it would be best to let the city handle her final disposition arrangements, if Gangloff’s brother is unable to. That way, none of the parties who volunteered will be offended if another party is chosen to help with the final disposition.

Calvary Cemetery, 1625 Calvary Drive in Kettering also will assist with the arrangements and provide a grave marker, Betz said.

No suspects had been identified in Gangloff’s murder as of Friday, according to Dayton Police Sgt. Richard Blommel.

Police are looking for the owner of a newer model, silver or light-colored four-door car that was captured in some surveillance camera footage taken around the time of the shooting, according to Blommel. Police believe the car is a Chevy Cruze.

Anyone with information about Gangloff’s death or the whereabouts of the light-colored car, should call Dayton Police Det. Becky Rasor at 333-1198.

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