Welfare check on distraught woman leads Fairfield police to her boyfriend's body

Posted at 4:08 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 19:20:34-04

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Officers making a welfare check on a distraught, "hysterical" Fairfield woman discovered her boyfriend's body inside her Eastgate Drive apartment Tuesday afternoon. Stephanie Gabbard, 33, stands charged with murder in connection to his death.

"She basically called me up crying today," said the 911 caller who requested the welfare check. "She's kind of hysterical; I didn't really know what was going on. … When I was talking to her, she was just kind of all over the place."

The caller added Gabbard, a friend of his, had written "dark messages" on Facebook and repeatedly referenced being abused by the victim, 41-year-old David Mitchell.

"She was just, like, a hysterical mess," the caller said.

The Butler County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy on Mitchell. They said he died from a stab wound and ruled his death a homicide.