Fairfield detectives continuing homicide investigation

While police have released little information about the homicide investigation of a woman found dead in her Fairfield apartment on Oct. 2, Sgt. Pete Lagemann said detectives are working to find the culprit.

Katherine Lobono, 23, was discovered dead lying on the floor of her apartment at the Villages of Wildwood off Ross Road in Fairfield by friends who were dog-sitting while she was out of town, according to a 911 call placed at 4:18 a.m. The Butler County Coroner has ruled her death a homicide, and police said they have interviewed close to two dozen people about her death.

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Blood and a shell casing were found at the scene. The coroner’s office listed Lobono’s cause of death as “pending.”

Last week, Fairfield Officer Doug Day said there have been no arrests, but there is no danger to the community.

“I do not believe there is an active threat to their safety,” he said.

Search warrants were served in the case, then filed and sealed by court order, according to the Butler County Clerk of Courts Office.

Lagemann said Friday, “All our detectives are working on a lot of information. A lot of people are cooperating.”

Lobono had fun in everything she did in life and “loved unicorns and Jesus,” according to friends and family.

Emily Merkle worked with the 23-year-old known to friends as Kady, “like Cadillac,” for the past few years at Sports Clips in Harrison.

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“She was super bubbly,” she said. “She had a very unique personality and relationship with the clients here.”

Lobono grew up in Cincinnati’s west side, first attending the all-girls Catholic high school Seton and graduating in 2014 from Purcell Marian, a co-ed Catholic high school just west of Clifton.

Her family, who declined to be interviewed, wrote in Lobono’s obituary, “She had a zest for life.”

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