Thursday, July 19, 2012

Columbus, OH: Man Wanted For Questioning In Connection With Woman Found Dead In Charred Home

Family members of a woman found dead in her east side home said that the woman and her boyfriend got into a fight the night before she was found dead.

Darlene Hart was found dead inside her home, located in the 200 block of Parkwood Avenue, on Saturday afternoon.

Detectives said that the 48-year-old woman’s body had signs of trauma to her head and body, and was covered in soot. Part of her house had been set on fire.

“Oh, she was a firecracker,” said Logann Hart, Darlene Hart’s daughter. “She did not play. If she was serious about something, then she put her whole heart into it.”

Logann Hart said that her mother and her boyfriend, John Smith, had gotten into a fight at a bar on Friday night. That was the last time anyone saw Hart alive.

“It was unnecessary,” Logann Hart said. “It was just unnecessary, the amount of rage directed at her – for nothing.”

Columbus police said that they did not consider Smith, who has three sons in Columbus and relatives in Virginia, a suspect in Hart’s death but said that they wanted to speak with him.

“Even if you were just to carry out just killing her, you really didn’t have to burn her, that just took it a step farther, and it wasn’t right. It wasn’t right at all,” Logann Hart said.

Smith is believed to be driving a 2006 white four-door Acura with Ohio license No. ESD-8367. Anyone with information about Smith is asked to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.

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