Coroner: Grandview Heights Mother Stabbed Multiple Times


UPDATED: Tuesday August 13, 2013 5:21 PM

Grandview Heights officials say they believed the murder of a young mother was an isolated incident.

Jennifer Cooke was found dead in her apartment on Woodhill Drive late Sunday night.

On Tuesday, the Franklin County coroner that Cooke was stabbed multiple times, leading to her death.

The 35-year-old mother of one was found dead in an upstairs bedroom. When officers went to conduct a wellbeing check at the home, they found the door unlocked and evidence of a possible robbery.

Her death is the first homicide in the city in more than a decade.

Mayor Ray DeGraw issued a statement Tuesday about Cooke's death.

"The city believes this is an isolated incident, and there is no indication that the general public is at any risk," DeGraw said.

He said that there was no indication that the incident was related to recent reports of a male exposing himself in the city.

Meanwhile, those who live nearby say the crime has them concerned for their personal safety since the killer remains at large.
 
"If its random I would be a little scared I just had a new baby, it's pretty scary,” said Alicia Mccarthy who pushed her newborn in a stroller along the street where the crime happened.
 
The murder happened just over the fence from where Christine Pegg lives. She says the crime doesn't define this area.
 
"I feel very safe where I live. It's not something I would ever worry about, said Pegg.

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 Police say they continue to work leads and conduct interviews to try solve the case.

Detectives say an apparent robbery was a motive behind the crime, but won't say why.

Police believe her killer entered the back door, but there is not apparent sign of forced entry.

The mayor of Grandview Heights is doing his best to settle nerves in a community where the last murder occurred 13 years ago.
 
"There's no indication that there's somebody running around targeting women, "said Mayor Ray DeGraw.

Anyone who had contact with Cooke after Thursday is asked to call Grandview Heights Police at (614) 488-3157.

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