Tag Archives: Cold cases

Cold Case Quest: Gladys Taylor

Columbus resident Gladys Taylor, 54, was shot in the bedroom of her home on July 26, 1987. She was home with a 10 year old relative. On that Sunday evening, her husband had been at a church service. He found his wife when he returned at 10 p.m.

The area of the Taylor home

There weren’t any suspects that the police have mentioned. They did question the relative that was home at the time. The child was the only one that heard the gunshot. I hate to even think that a 10 year old could kill someone. However, It is also not totally out of the realm of possibility. Maybe it was an accidental shooting.

If I had to say, I suspect that it may have been a burglary. Maybe the killer didn’t think that anyone would be at home and was surprised by Taylor.

Lack of suspects and evidence didn’t help this case at all. I cannot say that the crime scene was contaminated but it’s possible.

If anyone happens to know anything about Gladys Taylor or if you have a photo of her, you can send a message to my Facebook page, Chasing Destino. More importantly, if you have any information about the homicide itself, please contact the Columbus Police Department.

Cold Case Quest: Lillie Smith


Lillie Smith, age 33, was a mother, daughter, wife and sister. On March 7, 1981, Smith died in a fire at a Columbus,Ohio boarding house. The fire was set on purpose.


There was a man, Calvin Fuller, at the boarding house that was a suspect. Other residents of the boarding house heard Smith and Fuller arguing that night. He was even arrested within a day or two of the fire. I wish that I could tell you that he was convicted.

However, there is nothing reported in the newspapers or online anywhere. There isn’t even a photograph of her in the newspaper or on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. It seems like there should be a photograph for everyone. The police probably have at least one photo for their case file.


After the main suspect was arrested, the police and reporters were not interested. It’s possible that Calvin Fuller was the one and only culprit.

I’m really interested in knowing what happened. Was there a trial? If anyone happens to know anything about this case, you can send a message to my Facebook page, Chasing Destino.

Who to contact if you know who the real criminal is:  
The Columbus Police Department


Cold Case Quest:Bobby Ann Waymire

Bobby Ann Waymire

It has been 47 years since Bobby Ann Waymire was found on the roadside in Fairborn, Ohio. The Clark County Sheriff’s office believe that she was strangled in an unknown location and then dumped on the side of Haddix Road.

The investigators looked at one man who was an officer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The man was also Bobby Ann’s boyfriend at the time and the last person who was known to see her. At the time, the sheriff’s office did not have enough evidence to charge the boyfriend with homicide. It was 1972 and DNA was not even a glimmer in anyone’s mind.

In 1998, her son asked for the DNA evidence from Bobby Ann’s fingernails to be tested. Unfortunately, there was not any other DNA but her own. In 2007, Bobby Ann’s son asked investigators to look at the case again. I haven’t found anything that says there was new information. It seems like most people still suspect the boyfriend but he has never been formally charged. I’m not even sure if he was questioned again in 2007. It also appears that the boyfriend has gotten away with murder.

Anyone with information about investigation should call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 937-328-2560. The sheriff’s office also has a website at http://www.clarkcountyohio.gov/ .

Cold Case Quest: Ava Lomas

If Ava Lomas were my daughter, I would want someone . . . anyone to help solve her murder. She was found in an alley behind a residence in Toledo, Ohio in July 1979. It will be 40 years this month.

It’s been difficult to find anything on Ava Lomas. Sometimes I can find information through newspaper archives; however, the Toledo Blade archives only go back to 1997.

Although the Ohio Attorney General’s website says that she was born in 1969. I do know that Lomas was 20 years old instead of 10 years old. Did the police follow through with this case? Was there just not enough evidence?

If Lomas still has family out there, they must still be curious about what happened to her. They must still want some answers. I’m not related but I hope that someone still cares about Lomas and her case.

If anyone knows anything that can help solve this homicide case, please submit your information to the Ohio Attorney General.

Cold Case Quest: Rene Combs

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Law-Enforcement/Investigator/Cold-Case/Homicides/Combs

Rene Combs was a loan officer at a bank in the Columbus area. She was married with two children. Then on August 4, 1991, Combs left a note saying that she was going to visit a cousin. Apparently, she never made it to the cousin’s home.

Three days later, her vehicle was found at an apartment complex close to her home. On August 12, her body was found in a wooded area near Grove City, which is southwest of Columbus.

The curious part about this case is that a cousin and a psychic both said that she would be found in that area. The cousin said that they had a dream about where to find Combs.

The cousin’s information even practically led police to the body. I’m not sure if the cousin or the psychic were ever investigated. The cousin was never named publically.

It was such a secluded area and Combs’ body was hidden fairly well. I suspect that the cousin knows more about what happened. I’m not buying that it was just a dream.

There had been a $7,000 reward offered by the bank and other community organizations. No one ever came forward with information that led to finding the person or persons who killed Rene Combs.

If anyone has any information, contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or click on the link under the photo.

Franklin County Sheriff’s website: https://sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov/