Miamisburg woman found dead in alley was shot in the head

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m. 

Maurice Allen said he had just awoke early Thursday morning and was heating up some food about 1:30 a.m. when he heard a gunshot.

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“I looked out my window and I didn’t see a thing,” the Superior Avenue resident said. “The next day I found out it was a young woman.”

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Amanda Kay Fella, 34, of Miamisburg, was found dead a short time later in an alley across the street. Police said she was shot in the head.

Dayton Police Department Lt. Gregg Gaby said authorities are asking for help from anyone who knows or saw anything relating to the shooting. Allen said he wants the same thing.

“It’s really sad that us as a community don’t come together and try to catch these people,” he said Friday, “because that’s somebody’s mother, sister, auntie, grandmother, whatever the case may be.

“Her family deserves answers,” Allen said. “And people around here that’s closer than I am should definitely come forward and talk about it.”

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. 

A man who said he came across the dead body of a Miamisburg woman after she was shot to death near Superior Avenue said the alley was a common route for him.

“Me and my girlfriend take the walk up the street through that alley and it was strange that I’d seen a body laying down in front of the gate,” he said of the early Thursday morning discovery of the body of 34-year-old Amanda Kay Fella.

“I got real shook up and scared,” said the man, who said he called police but declined to give his name. “And I called the police. They asked me to wait by until another cruiser came or something like that. And it was just shocking. It scared me.”

The man said he initially thought Fella was passed out after taking drugs, but then discovered differently.

“I thought I was running to somebody that was on that fentanyl basically,” he said. “Somebody that was just past out sick for a while but her stomach wasn’t moving.”

“I didn’t know what it was,” the man added. “I was too scared to even look at it. I just wanted to keep going and have the police come and just leaving. It was scary.”

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.:

Dayton police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down whoever shot and killed a Miamisburg woman Thursday morning.

“We’re asking anybody that might have seen or heard anything about that time of the morning to come forward on this,” said Dayton police Lt. Gregg Gaby.

Police found Amanda Fella, 34, dead in an alley behind a residence in the 300 block of Superior Avenue.  The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office ruled Fella died from a penetrating gunshot wound to the head, a spokesperson with the office said.  Her death was ruled a homicide.

Gaby said at this point police do not have any suspects in the shooting death, but said at least one gun was used in the crime.

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Fella was convicted on a drug paraphernalia charge on July 12 after Dayton police arrested her on the charge in June, according to court and jail records. Fella was released from jail following the conviction on the condition she had no new offenses.

The 34-year-old also had a 2012 conviction for grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Anyone with information can contact Dayton police at 333-COPS.

UPDATE @ 8:15 a.m. (July 28)

Amanda Fella died from a penetrating gunshot wound to the head, according to a preliminary report from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

Fella’s death has been ruled as a homicide, according to the coroner’s office. 

We’re working to find out more from Dayton police on the status of their investigation. 

UPDATE @ 12:12 p.m.

This death is being investigated as a homicide, according to Dayton police.

UPDATE  10:30 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Coroner has identified the woman found dead on Superior Avenue in Dayton as Amanda K. Fella, 34, of Miamisburg.

A preliminary cause of death has not been ruled and an autopsy is scheduled for later today. 

FIRST REPORT

Homicide units are on the scene of a body report in Dayton.

The female victim was discovered with head trauma in an alley behind the 300 block of Superior Avenue.

The Montgomery County Coroner was also requested to the scene.

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