BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- The man suspected in the death and dismemberment of a Fairfield woman last year is dead, according to Hamilton police.
Authorities found the body of Angela Marie Powers, 39, dismembered in suitcases in the back of an SUV in December 2018. Hamilton police believe Powers’ body had been in the vehicle at the man’s residence for a year, The Journal-News reported.
Powers had been living with the man who killed her, and Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said investigators would be seeking an indictment against him if he were still alive.
The man died at his home in Hamilton in November 2018, according to police records and a Journal-News obituary. His daughter inherited his car, and authorities found Powers’ body when she drove it to her home from the auto repair location.
Martin Schneider, the coroner’s office administrator, said the cause of Powers’ death could not be determined because of the condition of the body.
In June 2017, Powers filed an assault report with Hamilton police stating a man struck her in the back of the head several times, cut her finger and hit her on the left knee with a plastic pipe, according to the report. The report listed Powers and the man as living together in Hamilton.
The man, then 61, of the 2100 block of Pleasant Avenue, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. The case was finished in August 2017, according to court records.
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