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Nash woman's death still a mystery

Posted October 19, 2011 5:20 p.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2011 4:07 p.m. EDT

— Two years after a Nash County woman died of a drug overdose in southeastern Ohio, authorities there are still not certain who is responsible.

The remains of Nichole Alloway, 20, were found in an abandoned house near Otway, Ohio, in July 2009, a month after her family reported her missing. Alloway's family said she went to Ohio to visit a man she met on the Internet.

Within weeks of her death, the Scioto County Sheriff's Office arrested Richard Howard, of McDermott, Ohio, and charged him with gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and drug trafficking.

Sheriff Marty V. Donini said authorities believe Alloway and Howard were doing drugs together in his car before she died. After her death, authorities believe Howard tried to dispose of the body.

Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn further charges could be forthcoming against Howard once the investigation of the case is complete and final forensics reports are received.