Akron police ask forensic artist to help identify East South Street murder victim with head trauma

AKRON, Ohio - THURSDAY UPDATE: Thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office was able to identify the victim as 53-year-old Lori. E. Patch, who was homeless.


Akron police are trying to solve a murder, but the victim has not been identified. That's why they're turning to a forensic artist and the public for help.

Police responded to 207 East South St. in Akron at about midnight Friday for a 911 call. There, they found a woman with severe head trauma.

There was no identification and police said they have not gotten any missing persons reports.

"Because of the nature of the injuries that were so significant to her head, we can't release a photograph or take it to the community," said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards.

Police said they believe the victim was in her 50s. She was also wearing a fish-shaped necklace with "Jesus" on it.

"She's a white female, possibly Hispanic, 5'9'', about 190 pounds, brown hair, missing front upper teeth," Edwards said.

Akron police detectives are examining surveillance video, looking for leads and canvassing the area.

But, this investigation has reached Kent State University and associate professor Linda Spurlock. The anthropology professor is also a forensic artist.

"With a recent case like this, there are a lot of clues about the face. I would not be working from a skull but a morgue photograph," Spurlock said.

Spurlock expects to have the sketch finished in a few days.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490.

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