High school student strangles 98-year-old woman to death, hides body in closet: Cops

A high school student in Ohio is facing felony charges in connection with the death of an elderly woman found dead in a closet of her home earlier this month.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the body of 98-year-old Margaret Douglas was discovered in her Wadsworth home on April 9, nearly a week after friends reported hearing from her for the last time.

Authorities had been searching for her since she was reported missing by a relative. That effort included a prior search of her residence, which raised no red flags at the time.

It was during a subsequent search that police found the victim’s remains.

The body was found hastily hidden beneath a pile of clothes and other belongings inside of her closet, according to police reports.

Local authorities were assisted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations as they searched the scene for evidence.

An update Tuesday indicated that police have arrested a local teen on suspicion of homicide in connection with a death initially determined to be suspicious.

The unidentified suspect was arrested Monday by police in Fairview Park and booked into Medina County Juvenile Detention Center.

The 17-year-old junior at Wadworth High School was awaiting charges as of the latest reports available. As of a police update Tuesday, criminal counts were expected to be announced within a day.

According to the most recent report available, a cause of death for Douglas had not yet been confirmed by medical examiners. Wadsworth Police Chief Randy Reinke said detectives believe she was strangled.

[Featured Image: Margaret Douglas/Wadsworth Police Department]