Manhunt underway after woman found dead in garage

Matthew Dempsey mugshot

Police in Paulding County are looking for the boyfriend of a woman who was found dead in a car Sunday afternoon in Briceton.

The body of 47-year-old Gina L. Mann was found in a garage behind a home at 7546 County Road 87, approximately six miles southwest of Paulding.

Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said police are looking for 46-year-old Matthew J. Dempsey. A murder warrant was issued for Dempsey Sunday, according to Landers.

Police said Monday that Dempsey may be driving a tan 2002 Buick Regal sedan with Ohio plate GYR4176.

Mann and Dempsey lived at the home together, but investigators believe Dempsey fled the area. He was last seen in Bryan, Ohio in Williams County around 6 a.m. Sunday.

Police have not said if Mann was killed at the home. Landers said investigators could not locate an obvious sign of death. An autopsy is scheduled for this week in Lucas County and police hope it will provide more details. 

Landers said deputies were called to the home initially for a welfare check for a woman. While they searched the property they discovered Mann’s body.

Police have not said if Mann was killed at the property.

Anyone with information about Dempsey or where he might be is asked to call the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department at (419) 399-3791 or 911 immediately.

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