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June 12, 2013

Former Terre Haute resident found dead in Ohio

Woman is homicide victim, police say after discovery

TERRE HAUTE — Ohio police are investigating the death of a woman whose last known residence may have been Terre Haute.

The body of 44-year-old Kayla Herchelroath Archer, also known as Dee Dee Herchelroath, was found Friday in a ditch in Cedarville Township near Xenia, Ohio.

Her body was positively identified on Monday by detectives with the assistance of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.

Maj. Eric Spicer of the Greene County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Department told the Tribune-Star that Archer had a prior criminal history, and that she was identified through fingerprints.

The manner and method of her death have not been released by the Montgomery County (Ohio) Coroner’s Office, which conducted an autopsy on Saturday. However, Spicer said it is clear that Archer is a homicide victim.

Archer was originally from Harrisburg, Pa. It was unknown how long she had resided in the Terre Haute area. Spicer said she was not believed to be living in the Ohio area where her body was found. Her next of kin has been notified of her death, he said.

At about 5:50 p.m. Friday, Ohio deputies responded to a rural area where Archer’s body had been dumped in a ditch.

Archer’s Facebook page listed her current city as Terre Haute and stated that she worked at TRW Automotive in Paris, Ill. Her last entry on her Facebook page was May 27 when she wrote, “Back to work. I really like my job. Yet, I still need that rest. I was exhausted yesterday. The pay is nice yet, need rest.”

An inquiry to the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department revealed that Archer had not been reported to local authorities as a missing person.

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said on Tuesday that the Ohio investigators contacted THPD about Archer.

“We were made aware that her body was found there,” Plasse told the Tribune-Star. He declined to release any other information about a possible investigation in Terre Haute.

Ohio television media reports that Archer is the third body found dumped in that state’s Greene County in the past three years. Spicer said police do not believe her death is related to the other cases.

Anyone with information about Archer is asked to contact Ohio police by calling 937-562-4879.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

 

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