Police investigating Xenia woman’s death as ‘possible homicide’

Police in Xenia are looking into the death of a 41-year-old woman who had called police days before her body was discovered.   

Toxicology test results are pending in the investigation into the death of Stephenie Moore, and it may be several weeks before investigators can say conclusively what led to her death.  

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  • The woman’s body has been taken to the Greene County Coroner's Office.
  • Xenia officers spent several hours inside the home in the 900 block of East Church Street looking for clues they hope will help them determine whether the death is a criminal matter
  • Police have taken down crime scene tape they used to cordon off the house and property. 

Moore’s body was discovered Tuesday afternoon inside her home in the 900 block of East Church Street.

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Though Xenia Capt. Alonzo Wilson said her death is being considered as a possible homicide, investigators “have no evidence that says this is a homicide at this point.”   

Moore’s body was discovered by her boyfriend, 39-year-old Daniel Frances Belcher. He had returned home after being released from jail. He was arrested Sunday morning when police responded to his 9-1-1 call in which he reported he had an argument with Moore and she locked him out of the house.   

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Wilson said Belcher was arrested then for an outstanding warrant and was not charged with anything in reference to the domestic call.  

Police returned to the East Church Street house two more times on Sunday.  

On the second call to the residence, Moore wanted to talk to an officer about items allegedly stolen. About an hour later, Moore called police again and reported she had been threatened by a woman.   

On Tuesday, Belcher’s boss picked him up at jail and took him to his home, which was locked from the inside, according to police records.  

Belcher told police he spotted Moore’s body lying motionless on the floor when he tried to gain access through a window. 

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Police and medics responded to the home, and Moore was pronounced dead minutes later.  Investigators obtained a search warrant and spent several hours inside the home on Tuesday collecting evidence.  

Belcher and his boss, who owns the home where Moore’s body was found, were interviewed by police at the scene and provided written statements for the police investigation.  

There have been no arrests in the case.  Wilson said it’s not clear whether Moore’s death is a criminal matter.  

“We need the coroner’s report,” he said.  

This news organization is attempting to reach Belcher for comment but has not been able to obtain contact information.

Homicide investigation in Xenia


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