Coroner confirms Bond Hill woman, previously thought missing, died in house fire

Posted at 3:20 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 08:59:40-05

CINCINNATI -- The body of a missing Bond Hill woman was found in the garage of a home that burned in a fire last week, her family confirms.

Frances Johnson Gray's body was found on Dec. 2, a week after the fire at 1530 Franklin Ave. Gray's family said she had been missing since Nov. 25. Police sent out a "missing person" notice and posters were tacked to utility poles around the neighborhood.

Police investigated 57-year-old Gray's death as a fire death investigation, and the coroner confirmed fire as her cause of death on Dec. 5.

Family members questioned why they were the ones to discover the body.

"We’re a little confused as to why our family had to find her and a week later when they had told us they had been through the garage already," Gray's niece Phyliss Flanagan said. "So, we had been searching other areas of the house -- completely ignoring the garage -- searching the community. So we feel like someone really dropped the ball here."

The initial fire investigation report said two people were displaced and $5,000 worth of damage was done to the home. Firefighters were dispatched around 7:52 p.m. The report said it was electrical and confined to the basement of the home.

Neighbor Darlene Robinson said she saw Gray go into the house, but never saw her come out.

"I just wonder what happened to her," Robinson said. "I couldn't imagine her going off somewhere. I knew she was somewhere close."