Friends and neighbors of Mary Tench were shocked to learn the 55-year-old grandmother had been found dead in a car near her Brunswick home Tuesday afternoon.
Brunswick police have called the death suspicious, but are releasing few details.
Tench, who lived at 758 Camden Lane, in an eastside neighborhood of the city, was found dead in her car on Carquest Drive less than a mile from her home about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Her car was parked in an industrial park east of the Interstate 71 interchange with Center Road and just south of the housing development where she lived.
A family member reported Tench missing about 3 a.m. Tuesday, and a formal report was taken at 6 a.m.
Police would not say who filed the missing person report.
Neighbors said Tench was a widow who lived with her 27-year-old son, James Tench.
The house they shared was sealed off as a crime scene.
Police spokesman Nick Solar would not confirm whether police had talked with the son.
Solar said Tench’s body was sent to the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification is assisting in the investigation, Solar said. Anyone with information on Tench’s death is asked to call the Police Department at (330) 225-9111.
Tench’s death shocked the quiet community where she lived.
“Mary was just the sweetest person in the world. She was very kind and very nice all the time,” said neighbor Delores Green. “I just don’t know how this happened to her.”
Green said Tench always was willing to help her neighbors and everyone in the community loved her.
“Nobody would harm her; she had no enemies,” Green said. “All our neighbors loved her. This is just the biggest shock to all of us.”
Green said Tench also had a daughter and four grandchildren she loved dearly and recently started a new job at a nursing home in Lakewood.
Norita Dean, another neighbor, said Tench was always a supportive neighbor, even after her husband, James, died in 2012 following a battle with cancer.
“I used to baby-sit for her daughter who had young children,” Dean said. “We’ve known her since we moved in nine years ago. We never thought this would happen here.”
Dean recalled a day earlier this fall when Tench showed up on her doorstep with extra bread from the grocery store.
“We have nine children, and she came knocking at my door knowing we might be able to use it,” Dean said.
Dean said everyone on the street remembers Tench as a “sweet woman.”
“This is just so sad, because we’ve lost a wonderful soul,” she said. “We lost a woman who would bend over backwards and do whatever she could for anyone.”
Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.