Family members of a 59-year-old woman found dead in her home said authorities told them her death will be ruled a homicide.
Lynn Hamblin, 59, was found on Friday afternoon at 935 E. Church St. after a concerned neighbor asked police to check on her.
Hamblin’s sisters Lisa Francis and Sandy Redding of London, Ohio, said Xenia police and a coroner investigator have not provided the family with details about her death.
“They just said it was under suspicious circumstances,” Redding said.
Xenia police contacted by the Dayton Daily News on Saturday would not confirm that Hamblin’s death was a homicide and declined to release any information about the case.
Francis said her sister lived in what she thought was a safe neighborhood and she doesn’t know who would want to hurt her sister.
“It’s just a shock,” she said. “It’s been devastating. There was never no problem. It was always a nice peaceful neighborhood. But she was a woman living alone.”
One of Hamblin’s vehicles, a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, was missing, but was located in Xenia the same day. No one was with the vehicle when it was found and it was towed for evidence.
Hamblin also had six chickens in her garage, and three cats and four dogs on her property. Two of the dogs were deceased, said John Grice, a Greene County animal control officer.
If the coroner officially rules Hamblin’s death a homicide, it would be the first in Xenia since Christmas Day 2011.
Hamblin is survived by four children, her father, Charles Redding, and five siblings, her sisters said. Her mother,
Rosalyn, died in 2010.
Francis said her sister will be missed.
“She was a good natured person and she loved her animals,” Francis said.