Motive unclear in death of woman at Union Township apartment

Roommate arrested, charged with murder

UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio – All Casey Hicks could do Monday was stare at signs she made and posted on the door of her slain friend Meagan Fambry.

“I'm just so upset that she's gone,” Hicks said. “I'm at a loss for words."

Fambry, 20, was found dead inside her Union Township apartment Saturday. Later that day, her roommate, 21-year-old Phillip Hamm, was arrested and charged with murder. He now sits in the Clermont County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

As of Monday, no motive was established in the case and authorities shared very few details about Fambry’s final moments.

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Officers found her body at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday after responding to reports of some sort of "trouble" at the Southwinds Apartment complex in the 3800 block of Savannah Drive.

Investigators said Fambry was the victim of “violence,” but did not provide specific details about her death.

While the exact nature of Hamm and Fambry’s relationship was not immediately available, investigators said the two lived in the apartment together.

Fambry’s family members and friends said they are trying to wrap their minds around the fact that Hamm is accused of causing her death.

Her family said she had only been living with him for a few months and they were “friendly.”

Donna Lowery, who lived across the hall from Fambry, said she last saw her at 7 p.m. Friday when Fambry asked to use her vacuum.

“She brought it back about a half-hour later,” Lowery said. “Everything seemed fine then. She was calm and said 'thank you' and that was all.”

Anthony Fambry described his younger sister as a loving person.

"She didn't care about herself. She was always concerned about taking care of everyone else," he said. "She wanted to give goodness to everyone."

Anthony Fambry said he felt at times his sister could be a little too trusting.

Her mother, Elizabeth Autry, said she met Hamm a few times and he seemed like a “nice guy."

“He definitely didn’t seem like he was capable of this (crime), but I didn't really know him," Autry said. Her father passed away from cancer the day before her daughter was found.

Prior to his arrest, Hamm had no criminal history. Those that met him called him quiet and he was employed at the Walmart at Eastgate Square Drive.

Autry attended Hamm's arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Monday before attending her father's funeral at 10 a.m. Afterwards, she was asked to identify Fambry's body.

"That's my Monday," she said.

Hamm was initially charged with murder but additional charges may be filed once the case is presented to the Clermont County Grand Jury, police said.

Investigators said a 911 call scheduled to be released Tuesday morning might shed more light in the case.

WCPO's Tom McKee contributed to this report

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