LIMA — Sounding as if officials didn’t have much to go on a police lieutenant pleaded for the public to call with any information they may have on the city’s second homicide this week.
“We really, really are asking for any help at all. Anyone who heard or saw something,” said Lt. Jim Baker of the Lima Police Department.
Police were called to a house at 230 E. Second St. at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday for an unresponsive person bleeding profusely. That man, James Christopher Malloy, 32, was taken to Lima Memorial Health System where he died, officials said.
An autopsy Wednesday revealed Malloy died from a single gunshot to the head, Baker said.
Investigators had no suspects and no weapon was found, Baker said.
There were no signs the house was broken into. Investigators were trying to track down whether Malloy lived at the home or why he may have been there, Baker said.
The house is owned by Raylon Davis who listed a mailing address on St. Johns Avenue, according to records from the Allen County Auditor’s Office.
Baker said “a concerned citizen” called to report the incident. He declined to elaborate on the call or caller.
A police report listed two crack pipes as inventory taken from the scene. When Baker was asked whether investigators believed the homicide was drug-related, he said, “We’re keeping all possibilities open.”
On Monday, 49-year-old Debra Henderson was beaten to death inside her home at 619 Woodward Ave. Police arrested 25-year-old Hager Church, of Lima, and charged him with murder in Henderson’s slaying.
Church is scheduled to appear at a hearing Thursday morning at Lima Municipal Court.
Baker said there is nothing to indicate either case is related.
Anyone with information on Malloy’s death or who may have observed something that night is asked to call Detective Tim Clark at 419-221-5293.