A month after a woman’s body was found floating in an Ohio dam, a probe into what happened has shifted into a murder investigation.
The body of Lorie Storie, 37, of Zanesville, was discovered on Feb. 21 at the Tappan Lake Dam in Harrison County by fishermen, according to Ohio’s TimesReporter.com. She was found face down in the water.
A spokesperson for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office told Oxygen.com that the case is now classified as a homicide.
Sheriff Ron Myers told the Times Reporter last week that Storie had been badly beaten. He said he believes that she was killed in a different location before the suspected killer or killers dumped the woman's body in the water.
Now, the hunt is on to determine exactly who is behind her death.
“At this point we don’t have any solid leads and we are not sure where the crime scene is,” Myers told the TimesReporter. He said Storie’s friends and acquaintance have been interviewed.
Friends remembered her as generous following the grim discovery of her body last month.
"She came to live with me at one point,” her friend Courtney Coen said, according to a February Zanesville Times Recorder story. “She was just an amazing person, she'd do anything for anyone. I'm really struggling with believing this right now."
Jamie Trout, pastor and director of Eastside Community Ministries, said she was drawn to Storie.
"She was fighting battles like many of us, but still seemed to carry a smile that would brighten anyone’s day,” Trout said.
Storie’s family had been trying to locate her for about a week before her body was found, Myers told People. They had not filed a missing persons report.
Storie’s twin brother Josh died in 2018, according to the TimesReporter.
“It was just devastating for the family, they were a very close family,” Joe Dunlap, a pastor at Joe Dunlap Ministries, told the outlet. “Now this. It’s just horrible.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the Harrison County Sheriff’s office at 740-942-2197.
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