Michaela C. Briede death: Fort Mitchell police search for several suspects, believe drugs involved

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. - Police in Fort Mitchell are now looking for more than one suspect in the death of 18-year-old Michaela C. Briede.

Briede was killed in her Fort Mitchell apartment on May 28. Her death was not a random act of violence, according to police.

Officials say she was targeted at The Vinings of Fort Mitchell, located in the 500 block of West Chelsea Circle. The homicide occurred at 11:46 p.m. and a shooting was reported at the residence a short time later.

Authorities also added that a male resident of the apartment is believed to have been present during the shooting.

Briede was a student at Thomas Moore College in Crestview Hills, Ky., and a recent graduate of Grant County High School.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders says investigators believe she was killed during a robbery connected to narcotics trafficking.

When authorities arrived at the apartment building, they found Briede dead from an apparent homicide, but officials have not yet said what caused her death.

An autopsy to determine the official cause of Briede's death is underway.

Her death marks the Northern Kentucky city's first killing in 2013.

Fort Mitchell Police Chief Jeffrey Eldridge said there are no suspects in custody at this time.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. Text tips to CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) with "CINTip:" at the beginning of the message. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest.

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9 On Your Side Reporter Kendall Herold contributed to this report.

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