Body of missing Zanesville woman found in Franklin County

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The body found in southern Franklin County Thursday is that of 64-year-old Elizabeth Alvarez of Zanesville, police confirmed Friday.

Her grandson, John Jenkins is considered a “person of interest” and is being held in the Franklin County Jail in connection with an attempted robbery in Columbus.

Zanesville police detective Phil Michel says Alvarez had been missing since Tuesday.

“No one could account for her whereabouts, which was unusual for her,” Michel said.

Columbus police arrested Jenkins and 20-year-old Rachel Sipple after a car chase and crash Wednesday evening.

They were wanted in connection with an attempted robbery at the Certified Gas Station, 3204 West Broad St. 

Michel said Jenkins will remain in custody on the robbery charge while the homicide investigation continues.

“He has been arrested in Columbus for an incident that occurred in Columbus and I’m not going to make any comment on their investigation, but he would be a person of interest because he did reside with Ms. Alvarez here in Zanesville,” Michel told NBC4.

Neighbors say Alvarez lived with a daughter and several grandchildren including Jenkins.

Tom McGrath lives two doors down.

“She loved her grandkids. I know that,” McGrath said. “And she would travel to Mexico to see her husband every once in a while. He lived down in Mexico. Still does.”

McGrath says Alvarez’s daughter, the mother of John Jenkins, died recently.

“…and I think that may have pushed him over the deep end,” McGrath said.

Police would not discuss a possible motive or the exact cause of death.

Michael says it is definitely a homicide and remains an open investigation.

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