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Cold case Quest: Darchelle Stone

Darcelle Stone
Ohio Attorney General website

Darchelle Stone was only 19 years old when someone took her life on September 2, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. She died due to injuries from stab wounds.

Although Stone’s photograph is not listed on the Ohio Attorney General’s website, it was published with her obituary. She was a young mother who was involved in community service. Stone and her mother helped to clothe and feed the homeless and other people in need.

From the little bit of information that I found, it doesn’t seem like she had enemies. Who would do such a horrible thing to such a good person?

I’m sure that the police ran into the same problem of not finding any viable suspects.

If there were any witnesses, no one has said anything. Hopefully, someone will come forward with information. It would be a travesty if they kept silent. Please honor Darchelle Stone’s memory by helping to solve her case.

The area where Darcelle Stone was found.

Who to contact:

If you would like to submit information, 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.

If you have any information or questions about any Columbus area cold 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.

Cold Case Quest: Sheronda Norris

Sheronda Norris

21 year-old Sheronda Norris of Columbus, Ohio was last seen alive by her family on September 15, 1991. She was on her way to her aunt’s house but never arrived.

A bus driver found her body on the afternoon of September 16, 1991. the coroner determined that she had been strangled and left in the area of Agler and Sunbury Roads.

The police are not sure what happened after she left her house. They did say that the case could be connected to several other cases. No one has said which cases but I think that Norris’s case could be connected to Frances Smith, Janet Amar and Rene Combs.

Norris left Richmond Ave. She was on her way to E. 23rd Ave. Her body was found at Sunbury and Agler Roads.

There have not been any suspects or arrests. No one knows or has said if she was seen with anyone before her death.

Norris was about to be served a warrant for aggravated burglary. The warrant was vacated shortly after her death. She was a former go-go dancer who was trying to get her life back on track. Norris wanted to provide a better life for herself and her young son, who was two at the time.

Do you think her death was related to the burglary? Was she going to testify against someone else? Was Norris chosen at random? Was the person who killed Norris the same killer as the other cases? If I had to bet money, I would say that they are connected and there are probably more homicides committed by the same person.

Who to contact: 

If anyone knows anything about any of the cases of Sheronda Norris, Rene Combs, Frances Smith or Janet Amar, contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Contact information: 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.

If you have any information or questions about any Columbus area cold 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.

Cold Case Quest: Frances Smith

Frances Smith

In the early morning hours of November 15, 2004, the body of 47 year-old Frances Smith was found behind a home in Columbus, Ohio. She had been beaten and strangled. Whoever killed her left her outside without any clothes.

The purple marker is where Frances Smith was found.

Smith was seen at 10:30 p.m. on November 14. She was getting into a white SUV near Livingston and Fairwood Avenues.

The place that she was last seen is about a mile from where she was found. There hasn’t been any other information about who was driving the SUV. Any leads that the police had haven’t led to any arrests.

I suspect that the Smith case could be connected to the Janet Amar case. Amar was found in a house less than a mile from the place where Smith was last seen. Both ladies were strangled. There is a twelve year difference but it’s possible that it could be the same killer. Serial killers have been known to operate for long periods of time without getting caught.

Who to contact: 

If you happen to have a photograph of Frances Smith or Janet Amar, please contact me at Chasing Destino on Facebook. It would be nice to know what they looked like. Maybe a photo will jog someone’s memory.

If anyone knows anything about any of the cases of Frances Smith or Janet Amar, contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Contact information: 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.

If you have any information or questions about any Columbus area cold 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.

Cold Case Quest: Clara King

Clara King

Clara King was a hardworking mother and grandmother. She had two jobs – plus babysitting for her grandson while her daughter went to work. On November 9, 1998, someone took the life of King while the grandson was in the next room. When her daughter arrived home at 3 p.m., she found her mother’s body in the kitchen.

Area of the King homicide

The police didn’t reveal very much information about the cause of death except to say it was probably blunt force trauma. It was also difficult to speculate about what the possible motive was for committing the crime. No one disliked King. Everyone said that she was a kind and caring person.

King was also protective of her home. There were double locks on the door and a security system. It would be almost safe to say that she knew the person that murdered her.

Her daughter left for work that morning at 7 a.m. Her husband said that he left shortly after 7 a.m. I don’t think that anyone in her immediate family did this crime. It could be possible that the killer got inside before King had a chance to lock the doors or set the alarm.

Who would kill King and leave the baby unharmed? Did the killer know that the baby was there? The only blessing in this case is that the baby was not hurt.

No witnesses have come forward. The crime probably occurred around 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on November 9, 1998. If anyone knows anything about any of the cases of Clara King, contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

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

Contact information: 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.

If you have any information or questions about Clara King’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.

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.

Cold Case Quest: Cynthia K. Smith

Cynthia K. Smith

20- year -old Cynthia K. Smith was shot while making a phone call at a record store in Columbus, Ohio. The incident occurred on January 24, 1993.

The record store, Negus, Negast, was close to Reggae nightclub. If I understand the story correctly, the nightclub was next door to the record story. The shots came from across the street.

The police suspected that the shooter was upset that they could not enter the nightclub. So in retaliation they opened fire. Smith happened to be shot by a stray bullet.

There were about 20 people at the nightclub. No one will tell police who was shooting. It seems unlikely that no one saw what happened.

The witnesses were probably afraid to name the shooter. This person opened fire because they were angry about something that was more than likely trivial. So can you imagine how much destruction they would cause for something like being accused of the murder of Cynthia K. Smith?

The area of the homicide location.

If any of the witnesses had come forward, the suspect could have been arrested and hopefully sent to prison.

The hope in writing this post is that someone that witnessed the crime would finally tell the police what they know about the night of January 24, 1993.

If you have any information or questions about Cynthia K. Smith’s case, please contact the Columbus Police Department. If you happen to have a photograph of Smith, please contact me at Chasing Destino on Facebook.

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.