The Summit County Examiner’s Office has identified a New Franklin woman whose decomposed body was found Friday by city police.

The office said Monday that 87-year-old Donna Melhorn was discovered at her home in the 4700 block of Manchester Road.

After finding Melhorn’s body during a welfare check for a relative, New Franklin police determined that her death was suspicious and called in the Examiner’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist in the investigation.

The Examiner’s Office said a cause of death has not been determined.

New Franklin Police declined to discuss the case Monday, referring to a Friday press release. In the release, police said the body was found in the 4700 block of Manchester Road.

Before the body was identified Monday, an official from the Examiner’s Office said the death was more than suspicious.

"Foul play is suspected," said Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the medical examiner.

Police responded to the home around 1 p.m. to conduct a welfare check for a family member when the body was found, New Franklin detective Michael Hitchings said. He declined to discuss details about the case, including whether the victim was male or female.

He also declined to say why authorities believe the death is suspicious.

The BCI is a state agency which provides law enforcement agencies with criminal investigative services, including crime laboratory expertise.

Alan Ashworth contributed to this story.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or emailed at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.