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Missing 9 month pregnant woman found dead in the back seat of her car
So she turned to the online help-wanted ads and found a job. The Pataskala mother headed out on Tuesday to clean a house, leaving her two young children with their grandmother at her home near Pataskala.
Her family would never see her alive again.
Ballman, 23, was found dead inside her car this afternoon, just north of New Albany in Harlem Township, near the Delaware-Franklin counties line. The baby girl that she was to deliver this month did not survive.
A nearby resident called the Delaware County sheriff’s office about 12:30 p.m. to report a car with dark-tinted windows and Colorado license plates parked in the grass near the treeline on Bevelhymer Road, off Rt. 605. A deputy found Ballman’s body inside.
Officials with the sheriff’s office are calling her death suspicious, though they aren’t saying much else. They wouldn’t say how she died, where her body was found in the car or whether the Craigslist ad she might have been responding to on Tuesday was related to her death.
NEW ALBANY -- When authorities searched a northeast Columbus home Thursday in connection with the death of a Pataskala woman, it wasn't the first time they were called to the residence, 10TV reported.
Records show police have visited the home 11 times, and some calls came from women who said they got into confrontations with the homeowner, according to 10TV. The women said they met the man through Craigslist ads, also according to 10TV.
Deanna Darnell Ballman, 23, of 80 Coors Blvd., was found dead Wednesday in Delaware County.
Family members have told various media outlets that Ballman disappeared after answering a Craigslist advertisement for house-cleaning services.
Although preliminary autopsy reports completed Friday showed no signs of trauma, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office is investigating Ballman's death as suspicious, according to a Delaware County news release.
Police searched the New Albany home, on the 5000 block of Turner Close, for clues about Ballman's death, 10TV reported. Detectives were seen removing a computer tower, laptop, camera and mouse from the home as well as a brown bag, also according to 10TV.
One woman who went to the home, Gabrielle Roush, told 10TV she answered a Craigslist ad for a modeling job but when she arrived, the homeowner said he wanted to paint organs on her stomach and told her father-in-law to leave.
Roush told 10TV she and her father-in-law felt uncomfortable, left and called the police.
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office has not called the man a suspect in the case, 10TV reported. He has not been charged.