Southern Euclid’s body in bush homicide investigation

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) – Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers is offering a $ 5,000 reward for information on the murder of Essie Henry.

The 91-year-old was last seen alive on November 3 around 4:30 p.m. Her body was found in a bush at Warrensville Center and Colony Roads in South Euclid the following afternoon.

Henry was severely beaten. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner said the cause of her death was blunt trauma.

Officers found her body when police responded to a welfare check. Police told FOX 8 that Henry lived in the area.

“We have been in contact with the family of the deceased and they are cooperating with the investigation,” South Euclid police told us when Henry’s body was found.

Members of Essie’s family say they are heartbroken.

“Our mother was a real beacon of light for our family, friends and many who loved her,” her daughter Balinda Henry-Profitt told FOX 8 I-Team. “We want the community to know that she was a woman of faith, courage and conviction. And it could have been your mother, your aunt, your sister, your grandmother or your daughter.

“(The suspect) Took a real gem, matriarch, great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt and friend for many.”

“My mother told me to pray for this heartless individual,” said Henry-Profitt. “But our only prayer right now is that God will not be silent and that his hand of righteousness be swift. May his senseless murder be avenged.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Euclid Police Department at 216-381-1234. You can also give Crime Stoppers an anonymous tip at 216-252-7463.

Mark M. Gagnon