Family of young woman found dead inside Holland home sets up reward fund
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 20:57:17 GMT —
Just days after authorities announced a reward for anyone who could lead them to the killer of a young Springfield Township couple, family of one victim has set up their own reward fund.
The family of Lisa Straub said goodbye to the 20-year-old nursing student Wednesday. The bodies of Straub and her boyfriend, Johnny Clarke, 21, were found inside Straub's Springfield Township home, hands bound and with bags placed over their heads, in the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 31.
Family spokesperson, Jim Verbosky, says Lisa was surrounded by friends and family at her funeral at St. Patrick's of Heatherdowns. Her funeral comes on the same day that family announced a reward fund set up at area Fifth Third Bank branch locations. The family says donations collected through the fund will go towards the reward and capture of the people responsible for killing Lisa and Johnny.
The Lucas County Sheriff's Office is also offering a reward to anyone with information that leads them to the perpetrator(s) of the heinous murders.
Authorities are investigating the deaths, at 2161 Longacre Lane, as a robbery gone wrong, according to Lucas County Sheriff's Detective Cathy Stooksbury.
The bodies were found in the kitchen/dining room area of the home with no visible gunshot or stab wounds. Each victim's hands were bound with tape and plastic bags were placed over their heads, according to the Lucas County Coroner. Clarke's ankles were also bound.
Straub and Clarke both died of asphyxiation and are thought to have been killed some time between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.
There was no forcible entry relating to a home invasion; however it appeared as if someone had been searching through a part of the home, according to Det. Stooksbury.
Authorities were called to the home three times Monday by Clarke's parents, who were unable to reach him by phone.
Straub's parents, who own the Longacre Lane home, were out of town at the time of the murders. They returned one day after the incident and have met with detectives.
Donations can be made to the "Lisa Straub Benefit Fund" at any area Fifth Third Bank location.
If you have any information that could lead to an arrest in the case you are asked to call Toledo Police Crimestoppers at 419-255-1111.