Sheriff’s office asking for public help in Rice murder investigation

Hancock County sheriff’s deputies are asking members of the public who may have seen Danielle Rice on the weekend she was killed to come forward.

Detective Sgt. Jason Seem, the lead investigator on the case, said Wednesday the sheriff’s office believes Rice, 28, of Findlay, was alive at some point between Friday morning, Feb. 2, when she first disappeared, and Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4, when she was found dead.

Her body was encased in two plastic garbage bags and was found in a ditch along Cass Township 215, between Hancock County 18 and Hancock County 236, north of Findlay.

Sheriff’s deputies suspect Rice was not killed in the area where the body was found, because there were no signs of a struggle in the area.

Her death has been ruled a homicide. The cause of death has not been released.
“We want to talk to people who saw her that weekend, even something small,” Seem said, such as a sighting around town.

The sheriff’s office has interviewed several people and has obtained warrants to search electronic records, but is still looking for information.
Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 419-424-7097.



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