Police reopen investigation of 1981 cold case death in Ohio

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Investigators deemed his death as suspicious because his body was found in the ravine after police had already searched there

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NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — An investigation has been reopened into the 38-year-old cold case of a teenager who was found dead five days after he disappeared from a party in a Cleveland suburb.

Newburgh Heights police announced the department will partner with students studying criminology at Tiffin University to find out what happened to 17-year-old Kurt Sova.

“Someone knows what happened to my brother,” Kevin Sova said at a press conference earlier this week. “Please come forward.”

Sova went to a house party in Newburgh Heights on Oct. 23, 1981. He left the party and never made it home. His parents reported him missing to police.

Sova’s body was found five days later in a ravine near the house where the party was held.

A coroner at the time could not determine Sova’s cause of death and said there were no outward signs of foul play. The coroner did determine he died less than a day after he went missing.

Investigators did deem Sova’s death as suspicious because his body was found in the ravine after police had already searched there, leading them to believe someone may have put him there after he died.

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