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Woman found dead of homicide in Mozart house

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON WHEELING POLICE Lt. Josh Sanders directs motorists away from this intersection near the scene of a homicide on South Frazier Avenue in Mozart on Friday. The gray and white house in the background is where a woman was found dead.

MOZART — A woman was found dead in a home on South Frazier Avenue in Mozart on Friday afternoon.

Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl said officers were called to the area at about 2 p.m. to investigate suspicious circumstances. A WPD news release later stated the call concerned a person who was outside who appeared “distraught.”

While responding to the home, they discovered a woman dead inside. A man ran out of the back of the house. Officers eventually found the man on Frazier Avenue and took him into custody.

“He also had some injuries so he was transported to the hospital,” Stahl said, referring to WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital.

Stahl said he was not releasing the woman’s name, as next of kin still needed to be notified. The man in custody is considered a person of interest in the case, but his name is not being released yet either.

Stahl said he did not know of the nature of the apparent homicide. In addition to Wheeling police, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police also responded to the scene.

North Frazier Avenue was blocked from traffic as officers investigated the scene. Police vehicles from the three agencies took up most of the road in front of the house where the homicide occurred.

The two-story house, white and gray in color, appeared to be well-kept on the outside. The commotion of the events caused a few people to sit on their porches to watch and see what was happening. Some people tried to walk closer to the scene, but were turned away by police.

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