Transgender Woman's Body Found Near Cleveland; News Coverage Denounced

The Advocate
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April 30, 2013

A body found last week in a pond near Cleveland was identified Monday as that of a transgender woman who was reported missing a month ago.

Cemia Acoff, 20, of Cleveland, had been stabbed to death, and there was a rope around her waist that was tied to a concrete block and a steel pipe, police told local media at a press conference Monday afternoon. Her body was badly decomposed, indicating she was killed some time ago. She was reported missing March 27, and her body was found April 17 in the pond in Olmsted Township, west of Cleveland. The pond had been used to catch and recycle water runoff from a greenhouse that once operated in the area. A resident of a nearby apartment house discovered her body, and police identified her via family DNA.