Two charged after body found in basement of southwest Franklin County home


HARRISBURG, Ohio – Two people are now facing criminal charges in connection with a body found in the basement of a home on High Street in Harrisburg Monday evening.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the landlord found the body inside a duplex in the 1000 block of High Street.

Sheriff’s investigators said the initial investigation indicated the victim died from a drug overdose.

The identity of the person who was found has not been released.

Court documents obtained by 10TV show Angela M. Nichols, 36, and Andrew Nichols, 32, were each charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Both will be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Criminal complaints filed in court reveal the defendants are accused of hiding the victim’s body, cleaning the area where the victim died with Clorox, and disposing of both the victim’s vehicle and cell phone.

Investigators said based on decomposition, it’s possible the victim’s body was concealed in the home for about a month. The Franklin County coroner is performing an autopsy in an attempt to determine the exact cause of death.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted at the crime scene.

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