Robert Childers, 45, and Destiny Williams, 24, have been identified by police as the people found Saturday behind a vacant restaurant in Middletown. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, possibly from an alleged drug overdose, according to police. Results of her autopsy have not yet been released.
Childers was transported to Atrium Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Here’s what we know now:
1. 911 caller thought both people were dead
A woman who called 911 on Saturday described finding two bodies behind a former restaurant on South Main Street.
“Two people I think are dead,” the woman said.
Another time she said: “Not well. Two dead bodies.”
Several times during the 911 call, the dispatcher said she had difficulty understanding the caller. She told the woman if she had an emergency to report she needed to get off her cell phone and talk to the dispatcher.
Later, the dispatcher asked if the bodies were dead or if the people had overdosed. The caller said she didn’t know the man or woman.
2. Police believe bodies were ‘dumped’ behind vacant building
Police believe Childers and Williams overdosed in their home and then their bodies were moved and “dumped” behind the restaurant in the 2000 block of South Main Street.
When detectives found Williams, she was missing her shoes but there was no dirt on the bottom of her feet “as if she had walked to the area and laid down, according to court documents obtained by the Journal-News.
This led detectives to believe the couple had been dumped at the site, according to the documents.
3. Items seized from home
Middletown police searched a basement in the 600 block of Buena Avenue on Monday looking for evidence related to Childers and Williams, according to a search warrant obtained by the Journal-News.
Police took nine pieces of evidence from the home, including cell phones, blank checks, rubber gloves, a composition book, and a crack pipe, according to the document.
4. Family wants justice for mother of four
Kevin Bush, who said he helped raise Williams, wonders what happened to her and how she ended up behind the building.
“She was thrown away like a bag of trash,” Bush told the Journal-News. “She was far from trash. She is someone’s mother, sister and daughter.”
Williams has four young children, one son and three daughters, Bush said. She lost custody of her children as she dealt with her drug demons, he said.
If someone is responsible, Bush said he wants “justice for our daughter.”
5. Homeless shelter offers reward for information
A Middletown church-based homeless shelter is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the death of Williams.
Bill Fugate, a coordinator at Serving Homeless Alternate Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM), said Williams stayed a few nights at the homeless shelter last winter.
She wasn’t allowed to stay on other nights because she was on drugs, Fugate said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kristi Hughes at 513-425-7733.
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