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Coroner releases findings in Warren native's murder

The Franklin County Coroner's Office released Rachael Anderson's cause of death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) - A Warren native who was murdered in Columbus died of stab wounds to the head and neck, according to a Franklin County Coroner's report. 

Anthony Pardon, a registered sex offender, is accused of raping, torturing and murdering Rachael Anderson in her east Columbus apartment. Her remains were discovered January 29, when co-workers reported that she did not show up for work.

The 24-year-old was also strangled, according to investigators. 

Pardon faces aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping charges for Anderson's death.

Investigators say after Anderson was killed, her bank card and car were taken. They believed that Anderson and Pardon were strangers and that Pardon targeted her.

According to court documents, Pardon previously served 24 years in prison for an aggravated robbery, rape and attempted murder conviction from 1982.

Anderson is originally from Trumbull County, graduating from Warren G. Harding and attending Youngstown State. She was living in Columbus and was nearing the end of her apprenticeship at a funeral home, where she was studying to be a funeral director. 


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