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HOWLAND, Ohio - A suspect is facing charges in Howland Township's first homicide this year. 

Bradley Milligan, 48, is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on an aggravated murder charge in his sister's death.

A welfare check where Laura Michael was living, lead police to discover her body hidden in the basement Wednesday at about 4 p.m.

Howland police believe Michael was beaten to death, by the hands of another and possibly with a sharp object.

Milligan was living with his sister at the Howland-Springs Road home on and off for the past two years. Police say he allowed authorities inside the home Wednesday night.

"From what they told me, they noticed that there was something wrong and they pushed further with Bradley and he seemed to be out of character in their opinion," Chief Paul Monroe says, Howland police.

Milligan's past includes an arrest for domestic violence in 2012, an incident involving his sister at the same address. Milligan was taken into custody based on an unrelated outstanding warrant, but Thursday afternoon, Monroe said an aggravated murder charge would be next.

"There was some obvious evidence that was recovered at the scene of the crime, that was circumstantial, which gave us probable cause to be able to charge him today," Monroe says.

It's not known how long Michael's body was left in the basement or why her car was found parked at the Super Kmart in the Eastwood Mall complex. 

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting with the case. Detectives will use search warrants to comb the crime scene to collect additional evidence.

Milligan is expected to appear in court for his arraignment on Friday.

 

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