Human remains found in Hilltop area may be those of couple missing since 2018

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The remains of two people found in a house on Sullivant Avenue may be those of a couple missing since 2018.

The office of U.S. Attorney David DeVillers said in a news release Friday afternoon that the bodies may be connected to a missing persons report from August 2018 for Henry Clay Watson and Tera Lynn Pennington.

Columbus Police say they found the remains while executing a search warrant at a home on the 2400 block of Sullivant Avenue on Thursday.

DeVillers’ office said the families of Watson and Pennington have been notified and that authorities are working to verify their identities. According to the news release, the bodies were found partially dismembered, buried in the basement and covered in concrete.

According to a database of missing persons on the Ohio Attorney General’s website, Watson was 49 when he was declared missing in August 2018 and would be 52 now.

Pennington was 46 when she was declared missing and would be 48 now. The attorney general’s site said she was last seen in Columbus in March 2019.

Local and federal law enforcement officers were on the scene in the Hilltop area starting Thursday morning.

They were executing a search warrant when the remains were found, and investigators had a portion of Sullivant Avenue blocked off for several hours. 

Involved in the joint investigation are Homeland Security Investigations, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Franklin County Coroner’s Office, and the Columbus Fire Department.

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