Woman arrested after Riverside man found dead in his home

Riverside police arrested a 38-year-old Dayton woman in connection to a stabbing after a man was found dead in his home.

Sarah Bierma was booked on a preliminary aggravated murder charge in the Montgomery County Jail, according to jail records. She has not been formally charged.

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Officers responded around 3:30 p.m. Monday to a home in the 300 block of Wendell Lane after a family member found 60-year-old Kendall Combs dead.

The family member hadn’t heard from Combs for a few days and decided to go to his home to check on him, Riverside police Maj. Matthew Sturgeon said. She had to break a back window to get inside, and then found Combs deceased.

Sturgeon said Combs had been dead for at least 24 hours. A police report listed the incident date as around 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has not yet determined Combs’ cause or manner of death.

During the investigation, police realized Combs’ cellphone was missing. The family had disconnected it, but re-connected the phone so that investigators could attempt to find it. Police were able to ping its location and found the cellphone with the suspect, Sturgeon said.

Police interviewed Bierma before she was booked into jail. Officers plan to present charges to the prosecutor’s office.

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Sturgeon said it doesn’t appear Combs and Bierma had “any consistent connection,” but that Combs picked up Bierma on Xenia Avenue the previous Saturday.

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