Ohio mother of two allegedly kidnapped and killed by late husband’s friend

An Ohio mother of two was allegedly kidnapped and fatally shot by a friend of her recently deceased husband, just days after she began letting the suspect stay in her basement, according to police and reports.

Kaitlyn Lynch, 36, was found dead in the front seat of her vehicle in Tennessee on August 19 after a lengthy police chase the day after she was reportedly abducted at gunpoint outside her home at more than 300 miles away in suburban Cincinnati, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer.

Lance Miller, 32, was arrested behind the wheel with the body at his side and charged with murder, kidnapping, escape and abuse of a corpse.

Miller, from Texas, was a friend of Lynch’s husband, who had died in the spring of an unspecified illness, and was staying with her after arriving in the area just six days earlier, the newspaper said.

“He had fallen on hard times and she offered to let him stay in her basement,” Lynch’s employer, James Hartke, told the Enquirer.

kaitlin lynchKaitlyn Lynch, 36, was allegedly kidnapped and killed by Lance Miller, 32, a friend of her late husband, who recently died of illness. Her body was found in her car after a chase, police said. GOFUNDME

“She was willing to help everyone,” he said of the deceased woman, who recently started as her assistant at her law firm.

It was not immediately clear how Miller knew Lynch’s husband. However, she had met Lynch and his colleagues for drinks after work on August 18, Hartke said, the day Lynch was allegedly abducted.

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There was talk that Miller harbored romantic feelings for Lynch, but that she was not interested, the employer said.

lance millerLance Miller faces charges of murder, kidnapping, escape and abuse of a corpse. CINCINNATI POLICE DEPARTMENT

The woman was on the phone with a friend in front of her house later that night when the line went dead after she was apparently shot, Hartke said she was told.

Her co-worker Sherrie Rickman told the newspaper that Lynch’s daughters, ages 7 and 8, were her world.

“She was super sweet. She was a really brave girl. She was a hugger,” she said, adding that Lynch had law enforcement experience.

Police arrest suspect after chaseMiller was arrested after a lengthy manhunt that ended in Cheatham County, Tennessee.WCPO

A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $70,000 as of Monday morning for Lynch’s and her daughters’ funerals.

“We are in complete disbelief that this has happened to our Kaitlyn,” read a statement from her family.

“Anyone who knew Kaitlyn knew how much she loved being a mother to her two beautiful daughters and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She was funny, beautiful, determined and will be sorely missed by all,” she adds.

Miller is being held in a Tennessee jail awaiting extradition to Ohio.

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