Police identify suspect in homicide of woman found dead Christmas Day

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police has identified the suspect in the death of a woman found dead on Christmas Day. 

Police say 22-year-old Dimitrious R. Rhodes, is responsible for the death of 57-year-old Rose Douthitt. According to an affidavit, Rhodes knew Douthitt’s step-son and lives in the area of her residence. Surveillance video shows an unknown man entering her home on Dec. 25 at 4:47pm.

Police say Rhodes admitted to being in the area, but denied being involved in her death. He reportedly told investigators he would take a polygraph test, but later cut off contact with investigating detectives.

Rhodes should be considered armed and dangerous, and police have filed a murder warrant for him.

Douthitt was found in the 1200 block of Sigsbee Avenue on Dec. 25, 2017. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.Keep checking NBC4i.com for real-time updates on this story. To get alerts for breaking news, grab the free NBC4 News App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts.

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