Cold Case: Columbus Police Make Arrest For 2008 Murder Of Woman Found In Wishing Well


Columbus Police arrested a man for the 2008 murder of a woman whose body was stuffed into a wishing well.

Charles Jerome Greene, 52, was arrested Saturday. He has been indicted for aggravated murder and kidnapping of 81-year-old Alyce Seff.

Friends of Seff said they have waited for this day to come. 

"I'm just glad we can have some justice for Alyce Seff because she deserves it," said Art Barry, a friend of Seff's.

On July 9, 2008, Seff was found dead and upside down inside a wishing well located behind 836 S. High Street. Her body was there for at least two to five days before anyone found it.

Seff was a landlord for several properties. Detectives say blood spatter at one of the homes showed that someone attacked and killed her there. Friends of the victim tell 10TV that Greene was a maintenance man and would often go with Seff to work on her properties. 

Police believed the motive was money and everyone knew she carried around loads of cash.

In 2012, retired homicide detective Jim Day teamed up with 10TV to pour over the details of the crime. They named Greene as a person of interest.

Now, four years later, 10TV has learned a grand jury has indicted Greene.

"I'm happy inside but I'm really sad," Barry said. "I'm sad this had to happen and that I lost a very dear friend."

Barry said Seff was known to lend a financial hand to help people in need.

"Alyce was the kind of person who, if you had a good enough reason to need the money, she would have gave it to you," he said.  

Greene has a long history of criminal charges, mostly drug related. Police remain tight lipped about what led investigators to finally make an arrest, and will say only that new evidence surfaced in the case.

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