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Police investigating after woman's body found in west Columbus home

 COLUMBUS (WCMH) --  Early Monday morning the body of 41-year-old Danielle Rowe was found inside a home on N. Central Ave. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 1:13am, Monday, officers were called to a home in the 100 block of N. Central Avenue on the west side of the city. Police say Rowe had suffered significant trauma but the cause of her death has yet to be determined. 

Tonya Castel says her sister had been in a violent and abusive relationship recently. Castel said Rowe had struggled with drug addiction. “I begged her and begged her to come to me, that I’ll help her go get her help,” Castel said. “She just didn’t want it. She said - she wasn’t ready to quit.”

Julie Castel, the victim’s sister-in-law, said Rowe had a big heart. “The Danielle that I know was a great lady,” Castel said. “I loved her and I’m going to miss her so much.”

Tonya Castel said she believes the killer is someone known to her sister. “It had to be somebody she was close with, that she trusted enough to be in the house with by herself,” Castel said.

Columbus police said as of Monday morning there are no known motives or suspects at this time. 

Police continue to investigate. 


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