LIMA ó A pregnant 21-year-old woman is dead, and police are searching for a person of interest in the shooting on Bahama Drive.
Tara S. Cutlip was found shot to death at her home at 1157 Bahama Drive, after Lima Police Department officers responded at 3:40 p.m. Saturday to a report of a nonresponsive woman, police officials said.
Police were looking for Marquavius Shurelds, 22, with a last known address of 820 Ashton Ave., Lima. Police officials identified him as a person of interest in the case, Cutlipís boyfriend, and the father of Cutlipís child. His street name is ďBra-Bra,Ē police officials said.
The two had a small child together; it was unclear if Shurelds was also the father of Cutlipís unborn child. The child the two did share was not at the home when police responded and is safe with other family members, police officials said.
Shurelds has numerous outstanding warrants for his arrest. If anyone in the public knows where he is, they should call the Lima Police Department, CrimeStoppers or 911, police officials said.
It was unclear Saturday night how long Cutlipís body was in the house before police officers responded.
Late Saturday afternoon, a police cruiser blocked off most of Bahama Drive at North Cole Street, and crime scene tape stretched around Cutlipís house, one to the east and two to the west. The house directly to the west of Cutlipís house is vacant and scheduled to be sold at auction.
Police officers came and went at the house, as did Allen County Coroner Dr. Gary Beasley and Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick. Neighbors and friends watched from their porches, and some cried.
A warrant had been previously issued for Shureldsí arrest in a Sept. 6 case in which he is charged with use, possession and sale of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, driving under suspension and other traffic related violations.
Two other previous domestic violence charges and a felonious assault with a deadly weapon charge had been dismissed, according to Lima Municipal Court records.
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