Body of Deceased Woman Mistaken for Halloween Decoration in Ohio; Man Arrested

A lawsuit accuses police in Columbus, Ohio, of using excessive force against black residents. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

In Chillicothe, Ohio, a man named Donnie Cochenour Jr. has been arrested and charged with murder after a woman's body was found hanging on a fence this week. Rebecca Cade had been severely beaten, and some locals mistook her for a Halloween decoration before authorities began investigating.

Cade's body was first spotted on Tuesday morning. "I told my daughter, 'Its just a dummy. Someone played a trick on them,'" a woman told a local television station. Construction workers later called the police to report the body.

An investigation is ongoing, authorities said, though they did say the motive is believed to be a disagreement between Cade and Cochenour.

Chillicothe Chief: Rebecca Cade died of blunt force injuries to head. A bloody rock may be murder weapon @wsyx6

— Lu Ann Stoia (@stoiawsyx6) October 14, 2015

Authorities said Cade was "not posed" on the fence. "She was found dangling from the fence," a public information officer said at a press conference this week. Cade may have been trying to climb the fence at the time of her death.

Cochenour's bond was set at $2 million.

A string of cases involving missing women is being investigated in the area. Cade's death is not believed to be related to those cases.