CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — What neighbors thought was a Halloween decoration hanging from a fence turned out to be a murdered woman.
According to WRKC, a neighbor from Chillicothe, Ohio made the grisly discovery but thought the body was a Halloween prank.
Construction workers then called police when they realized the decoration hanging from a fence was actually a woman’s body.
“I thought somebody was playing a prank on the construction workers and I told my daughter it was just a dummy,” one neighbor told the Columbus Dispatch. “It was so awful that I thought the prank went too far.”
The body dangled as her sleeve was caught high on the fence. She was later identified as 31-year-old Rebecca Cade and reportedly died of blunt-force injuries to her head and neck.
A bloody rock “the size of a grapefruit” was apparently found nearby and is believed to be the murder weapon, WKRC reported.
Donnie Cochenour Jr., 27, was arrested late Tuesday, accused of the murder of Cade, according to Chillicothe Police.
Detectives say they are investigating the possibility of the homicide being related to the unsolved deaths of four women and disappearances of two others in the area in the last 18 months.
They have not linked Cochenour to the other murders.