Toledo Woman Found Dead In A Padlocked Apartment

By: Jen Steer,

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio – Police are looking for a Willoughby Hills man after his wife was found dead in a locked bedroom of their apartment.

Willoughby Hills police said they received a phone call from Jermaine Lawrence Tatum’s coworker that he had not been to work recently and was supposed to be there around 10 a.m. When police went to the couple’s Willoughby Hills Towers apartment for a wellness check, they were met by a foul odor, police said.

That’s when officers found Tatum’s wife, 23-year-old Elizabeth Tatum, dead on the bedroom floor, according to the police department. The room had a padlock on the outside of the door and police said they believe Elizabeth Tatum had been dead for a few days. Her cause of death is not known at this time and is being investigated by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Her remains were identified by a tattoo on her upper shoulder.