Bellaire murder investigation continuing

BELLAIRE – The murder of a 92-year-old West Bellaire woman is nearly three months old, and authorities are continuing to investigate different aspects of the case.

According to Village Police Chief Mike Kovalyk, his department has sent more evidence connected to the case to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation in Columbus.

“We send it there, and they go through it when they get to it,” he said over the weekend. “They (BCII) get stuff from all over the state, and that’s the order in which they process it.”

Lydia Ashworth was brutally murdered in her Fourth Avenue home in late June. No suspects have been arrested, although Kovalyk said numerous people have been interviewed.

“We are still talking to some people, and we have some people of interest,” the chief added without going into further detail.

Shortly after the heinous crime, a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect, or suspects, was offered by the Forest Hills Community Association. It is still being offered and has grown to double the original amount.

The chief previously refuted broadcast reports that there were suspects in custody, one of which was in jail on unrelated charges.

“There is no truth to those reports,” he stressed.

Kovalyk also said numerous communications from other law enforcement agencies around the Ohio Valley has been helpful, but he is still asking the community for help.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious around the time Mrs. Ashworth was murdered, please call my department. Any little thing, whether you think it might be minor in detail, could help us find the perpetrators.”

The Bellaire Police Department’s number is (740) 676-3322.

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