EATON TWP. — Preliminary autopsy results show that Melanie Hruby was strangled and beaten, Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said Thursday.
The 29-year-old single mother was found dead Tuesday inside the Avon Belden Road home of Adam Grimes. Grimes, 25, was arrested outside the house and charged with aggravated murder and felonious assault.
Officers arrested Grimes after a friend of his called 911 to report that Grimes had called her to confess that he “hurt or killed his girlfriend.” Hruby’s family said the two were not dating, but alleged that Grimes was stalking Hruby.
Evans, who conducted the autopsy Thursday, said initial findings suggest that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and strangulation. He said Hruby was badly beaten, with injuries consistent with “being punched in the face with a fist multiple times.”
Evans said Hruby had minor abrasions on her body as well, which may have been caused during a scuffle.
A man who identified himself as the original 911 caller’s brother, told a dispatcher during another call that he had heard Hruby had been strangled by Grimes “because he was mad at her.”
Lorain County sheriff’s Lt. Don Barker said Hruby’s body was found in Grimes’ bedroom.
Although the two 911 callers told dispatchers that Hruby had a relationship with Grimes, her family has denied the two were a couple.
Hruby’s family said Hruby had used drugs in the past but had gone to rehab and was beginning to clean herself up. Hruby’s cousin, Greg Beck, said Grimes, who was sentenced to probation for heroin possession earlier this week, was continually bothering Hruby.
No drugs were found at the scene, but detectives did find spoons and a needle.
Evans said a toxicology test is also being completed, but the results won’t be available for several days. He said Hruby had old scars consistent with drug use, but there were no signs of recent drug use.
Kenneth Lieux, Grimes’ attorney, said he is still waiting to learn what evidence investigators have gathered.
“I’m interested in the cause of death and toxicology and how that factored into her death,” he said.
Marcia Hruby, Melanie Hruby’s sister, said that the family is planning her sister’s funeral and has set up a fund to cover funeral expenses and to help Melanie’s 4-year-old son, Brandon Hruby.
She said those interested in donating can stop by any Fifth-Third Bank branch to donate to the Melanie Hruby Memorial Fund. The account is under the name of Deborah Beck, Hruby’s mother.
Reporter Brad Dicken contributed to this story. Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.