Cold Case Quest: Lisa Denby

Lisa Denby

Although Lisa Denby did not walk a straight and narrow path during her life, she deserves justice like anyone else.

She had been a prostitute on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. It’s possible that someone she knew took her life by shooting her on August 10, 1998.

Denby was found at the rear of 1562 E. Long St. at 2 p.m. The police believe that she was shot earlier that morning.

No one has been named as a suspect. Denby was listed in a Columbus Dispatch news article about prostitutes who had been murdered in Columbus from 1990 to 2002.

Several of those cases are similar to Denby’s homicide: Cynthia Davison, Carla Hagwood, Brenda Mitchell and Tarienna Glenn. All of the ladies were shot. All incidents occurred on the east side of Columbus. The victims were African-American, except for Mitchell.

So far no witnesses have come forward. If anyone knows anything about any of the cases listed, contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

 Rewards may be available for information on a case that leads to a conviction by contacting Central Ohio’s Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477 or visiting their website.

Area of Denby’s homicide

If you happen to have a photograph of Denby, please contact me at Chasing Destino on Facebook.

If you have any information or questions about Lisa Denby’s case, please contact the Columbus Police Department. The Homicide Cold Case Unit number is available (614) 645-4036 during the hours of 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also call the Investigative Subdivision Duty Desk at (614) 645-4624, after hours.

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