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Man Charged With Murdering Woman at Elbur Manor Apartments

Woman had been missing since Aug. 20; police rechecked her apartment and found her dead, and stuffed in a closet.

Johnny L. Johnson, who lives on the Cleveland side of W. 117th Street, has been charged with murder, an unclassified felony. PHOTO: Lakewood Police
Johnny L. Johnson, who lives on the Cleveland side of W. 117th Street, has been charged with murder, an unclassified felony. PHOTO: Lakewood Police

Correction: Police provided the incorrect name of apartments on Detroit Avenue where the woman was found. The name of the apartment building complex is the Elbur Manor.

Police have arrested a 56-year-old Cleveland man and charged him with murder after officers discovered a woman stuffed in a closest at the Elbur Manor apartments on Thursday.

Johnny L. Johnson, who lives on the Cleveland side of W. 117th Street, has been charged with murder, an unclassified felony.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner is still investigating the cause of death — and for a positive identification — and her name hasn’t yet been released.

Sources say she died from a blunt force trauma to the head, but police haven't confirmed that report.

Police first learned that the woman was missing on Aug. 20. At that time, officers checked the apartment at 13531 Detroit Avenue. “Officers found the apartment neat and orderly except for the cat which had defecated and urinated throughout the apartment,” according to a police department news release. 

But she wasn’t found.

Officers continued their investigation into the missing woman, and again searched the apartment at around 10 a.m. Thursday, when they found her stuffed in a closet inside the apartment.

After she was discovered, “further information and leads were developed” that resulted in a warrant for Johnson’s arrest. He’d been hospitalized for 10 days at two area hospitals during the woman’s disappearance.

Johnson was picked up in Maple Heights later in the day Thursday. He is awaiting arraignment in Lakewood Jail.

Andrea Zuckerman September 06, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Whew....the CLEVELAND side of W 117. I was starting to get worried the guy was from Lakewood.
Colin McEwen September 06, 2013 at 03:08 PM
LC, I went with the Parkway Arms, because that's what the police call the building. Andrea, I pointed that out for clarification purposes, because as you probably know, Cleveland's a big place.
Lakewood Citizen September 06, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Colin~Parkway Arms is the building two east of the Elbur Manor, they are two separate buildings. Andrea, the murderer is from Cleveland, but the murder happened in Lakewood, on Detroit Avenue at the Elbur Manor.
Andrea Zuckerman September 06, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Sarcasm not clear, apparently. My meaning was that there was no point in mentioning which side of W117 the accused lives on.
Ruth September 06, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Just wondering if the closet was opened and looked into at the time of the initial investigation of the apartment. Seems a long time since Aug. 20 when she was reported missing. Not meant to point fingers at anyone.

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