911 call in Hamilton homicide: Front seat of car was full of blood

Police have released the 911 call in connection with the homicide in the 200 block of Cereal Avenue that occurred over the weekend. Details from the witness making the call indicate that there was a bloody crime scene.

The Butler County Coroner's Office told the Journal-News on Monday that the investigation into a deceased person found in the 200 block of Cereal Avenue over the weekend has been officially classified as a homicide.

The deceased has been identified as 41-year-old Joshua L. Combs. An autopsy was conducted, and the primary cause of death is still pending.

The 911 call released to the Journal-News sheds some light on the crime scene that detectives were alerted to.

“The guy right across the street, we haven’t seen him for a few days, and the landlord was over there today too and he hasn’t been around that house, but she (the landlord) noticed that the front seat of his car was full of blood – a lot of blood,” the caller informs the 911 dispatcher. “I said (to the landlord) you have two choices, you can go home and get your keys and come back or call the police.”

The caller, who also lived in the 200 block of Cereal Avenue, described the resident as Joshua Combs. She said the landlord posted something on Combs’ door and left the premises.

The caller said that Combs’ SUV was parked on the side of the house by Highland Place and that there was “blood in the front seat and the window and blood on the back door of the house.”

“I last saw him (Combs) probably last Tuesday and his car is always gone from daylight to dark,” the caller informed the dispatcher.

The coroner’s office said that as of Tuesday afternoon, no updated information is available and there is no confirmation on what killed Combs.

Officer Kristy Collins of Hamilton Police Division said the homicide is still being investigated.

“This is being treated as a homicide, but no further details are being released at this time,” Collins said. “The investigation is still ongoing.”

The Investigations Division is asking if anyone has any information about the homicide to call 513-868-5811 ext 2002.