Clark County detectives: Woman’s death appears ‘not natural’

The circumstances around the death of a Mad River Twp. woman inside her home Thursday haven’t been released, but investigators said it didn’t appear to be from natural causes.

Detectives taped off the home of 39-year-old Spring Boyd as they combed for evidence for more than 12 hours Thursday.

Investigators from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the coroner’s office and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office all assisted in the case.

“We treat every death scene as a possible homicide,” said Maj. Russell Garman of the sheriff’s office.

Boyd’s husband called 9-1-1 after he found her about 1 a.m. Thursday at the bottom of the stairs leading to the basement of the home in the 6900 block of Tall Timber Trail. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene, Garman said.

Deputies who first responded to the home said her death didn’t appear natural and requested detectives, he said.

“You want to be safe and process (the scene) right and get it right,” the major said.

Boyd’s husband was interviewed. No charges have been filed.

The timeline of Boyd and her husband’s whereabouts before her death have been the focus of the investigation so far, Garman said.

“We want to confirm what her husband said — the chain of events in how he found his wife — and we want to substantiate what he’s saying is the truth or not,” he said.

The cause and manner of death remains under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled today at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Deputies have been called to the home before more than once to investigate possible domestic violence, Garman said.

Neighbors in the normally quiet area said it was a surprise to wake up to a sea of cruisers Thursday morning.

“I woke up at two o’clock and it was just flashing lights, sheriff’s cars out my window … It’s a close neighborhood and I’m very concerned that we keep it that way,” Ann Segrest said. “But I’m not fearful.”

The activity on the street is out of the ordinary, said Ginny Majo, who lives next door.

“This is a very quiet street and we never have any problems,” she said.

“Unexpected, completely unexpected,” said Marian Wright as she left her home early Thursday. “I’m kind of wondering as to, gee wiz, what in the world happened here?”