ASHTABULA — The body of a 45-year-old white female was discovered Friday morning in the 900 block of Michigan Avenue, authorities said.

The woman, whose name is being withheld until next of kin can be notified, was found lying on the front steps of Bethany Lutheran Church, said Thomas Despenses Jr., an investigator with the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.

“We believe she was homeless,” he said.

Foul play is not suspected, Despenses said.

The woman was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m., he said.

Her body will be sent to the Cuyahoga Medical Examiner for an autopsy. 


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