Police in Ohio say one of two people found dead in a home was a reporter who worked for Cleveland.com. Her name is Nikki Delamotte.

Perrysburg Township police in suburban Toledo say they found the two bodies Monday morning.

One of them was identified as 30-year-old Nikki Delamotte, who joined Cleveland.com two years ago and wrote human interest and culture stories.

Police identified the other person as Delamotte’s uncle, 67-year-old Robert Delamotte, of Perrysburg Township.

Authorities have not said what happened. Detectives say it’s a homicide investigation.

“It does not appear at this time that her death has any connection to being a journalist,” said a statement released by police Tuesday. The department refused to release any other information “due to the suspicious nature of the death.”

Delamotte’s mother told Cleveland.com that her daughter had planned to visit her uncle Sunday. She was reported missing Monday.

Delamotte’s mother, JoAnne Ullman, said she called police, hospitals, highway patrol and her daughter’s uncle when she got a message from Delamotte’s boyfriend that she hadn’t made it home Sunday night.

Cleveland.com reports Delamotte wanted to reconnect with her father’s brother after having little contact with his family since her parents divorced.

Cleveland.com editor Chris Quinn said Delamotte was the “embodiment of kindness” and never failed to leave an impression on people. She also had a special ability to tap into pop culture trends.

“We’re devastated. We’re angry. To say that Nikki was special is obvious to anybody who met her or read her,” said a Cleveland Scene editorial. “She was curious and kind, an exceedingly talented and natural storyteller brimming with empathy that shone through in the stories that she told and in the friendships and relationships she built.”

A candlelight vigil in Cleveland for Delamotte was planned for Thursday night, and a fundraiser for her mother and boyfriend was planned for Friday. A Gofundme set up to help Delamotte’s family with her memorial had raised more than $10,000 by Tuesday afternoon.

Source: The Associated Press & Cleveland.com

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