Corpse hanging from fence mistaken for Halloween decoration

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An Ohio woman whose body was found hanging from a fence in what witnesses thought was a grisly Halloween prank was identified Wednesday and her alleged killer arrested, according to local media reports.

Fencing contractors discovered a woman's body hanging by the sleeve from a fence on a residential street in Chillicothe, and initially thought the body was a Halloween decoration. Items of clothing belonging to the victim were found yards away, the Dayton Daily News reported.

At a news conference Wednesday, police identified the murder victim as 31-year-old Rebecca Cade -- a life-long resident of the community -- and said she died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries to her head and neck, the newspaper reported.

Authorities said 27-year-old Donnie Cochenour was arrested and charged following a tip to police. He is in on jail on a $2 million bond, according to Fox 28.

Police Chief Keith Washburn said it appeared Cade fought her attacker and that investigators found the suspected murder weapon -- a bloody rock about the size of a grapefruit, the station reported.

"I was shocked, I mean, it is very heartbreaking because she was such a nice girl, I can't fathom it -- I don't think it's set in yet," area resident Tabitha Cade told the station.

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