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A Cleveland woman who was reported missing on Monday has been found dead inside of a vacant home, days after security footage captured her walking with a mysterious man in her office parking garage.
The body of 25-year-old Anastasia Hamilton was recovered on Wednesday afternoon inside a vacant home in the city’s southeast Slavic Village neighborhood, WOIO reports. Police found the woman’s remains after witnesses contacted the authorities, the Cleveland Division of Police told WEWS-TV. Her body was found on a couch inside the vacant house, full of lacerations and abrasions to her head and torso, according to the station.
She was last seen alive on Saturday night about four miles in the downtown Terminal Tower Parking Garage “under suspicious circumstances,” according to the Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers. Surveillance footage captured her alongside an unidentified man, walking past parked cars.
Hamilton’s mother, Melissa Romanello, reported her daughter missing when she did not show up for work on Monday, which Romanello said was highly unlike Hamilton. Hamilton, who grew up south of Cleveland in Medina, worked at K&D Real Estate inside Terminal Tower, a residential skyscraper.
Romanello told WOIO that she does not recognize the man in the video footage walking with her daughter
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office must still determine the cause and manner of Hamilton's death.
Before her daughter’s remains were found, Romanello posted desperate pleas for help on social media.
"The clock is ticking," she posted, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. "We must find her. Please help me, I’m dying inside."
She told WOIO on Tuesday that she knew “something is wrong, something is wrong.”
No persons of interest or suspects have been named at this time. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 216-25-CRIME and a cash reward of up to $5000 may be available.
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