Roxanne Lee Buck arrested in death of 21-year-old Michelle Johnson found in Stow shed

Victim's roommate arrested in Stow shed murder

STOW, Ohio - A woman was arrested for the murder of Michelle Johnson, 21, whose body was found in a shed in Stow last weekend.

Roxanne Lee Buck, 44 and the victim's roommate, was arrested Thursday for the murder, which police earlier called a "crime of passion." DNA evidence obtained from Buck's car links her to the murder, police said, but she has not made a statement to police about the murder.

Buck is in Summit County Jail on a $1 million bond.

At a press conference Thursday, Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said that the crime scene was "pretty violent."

Buck, a native of California, moved to Ohio in the mid-1970s. She needed a place to stay a couple of months ago, and Johnson and her mother, distant relatives of Buck, agreed to let Buck move in to their home at 4410 Maplepark Road.

But she was behind on her rent, police said, and was asked to move out. She was supposed to move out in April. 

Police said that they have not determined a motive for the crime.

Saturday evening, March 15, Stow Police went to the residence on Maplepark Road following a call from her mother, who was out of town, asking them to check the welfare of her daughter.

When the officer got no response at the front door, he went to the back door to knock and saw a hand sticking out from under some blankets inside an open shed.

Johnson's died from multiple stab wounds to the neck, the medical examiner said this week. Her time of death has not been determined; police said that the cold temperatures made it difficult to pinpoint.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Johnson for funeral costs.

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