By Whitney Vickers
YELLOW SPRINGS — The Greene County Coroner’s Office would not confirm as of press time Tuesday, Jan. 17, the cause of death of William Brown, 44, and Sherri Mendenhall, 63, both of Yellow Springs, who were found dead Sunday, Jan. 15, just outside the village.
Brown served as the project manager at Bahnsen Gallery, a photography exhibit ran out of the duplex that displays works of his great-grandfather, Axel Bahnsen. He was also the chief financial officer at The Legendary Roofing Company, according to a Facebook page. His visitation will take place 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. at Jackson Lytle & Lewis Funeral Home in Yellow Springs.
Mendenhall served as the state and local tax manager at SABIC, studied business administration at Urbana University and graduated from Wayne High School, according to a Facebook page.
Authorities were called to a duplex-style home on the 4400 block of East Enon Road just outside of the village approximately 3 p.m. Sunday after a jogger found Mendenhall’s body in the driveway, according to a release by the Greene County Sheriffs Office. Authorities later found Brown’s body inside the home after checking both units and the outside parameter.
“Currently, we are still early into this investigation, but we are working aggressively with the help of Ohio BCI on finding whoever is responsible for these murders,” the release by the Sheriffs Office said.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was called to the scene Sunday evening, in addition to six individuals from BCI. DeWine said his office is focused on assisting the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, who is spearheading the investigation, with whatever they need to solve the case.
He said upon receiving the warrant and investigating the scene, it became clear that Brown and Mendenhall were murdered, putting to bed any speculation that the event was a murder-suicide.
“They were specifically targeted, or at least one was targeted,” he said. “We don’t know much more than that.”
DeWine advised locals to be careful and vigilant about securing their homes, but to go about their business normally.
“It’s a very tragic thing,” he said. “Two people were murdered in their home. It’s very shocking and tragic. The sheriff’s office is focused on who did it, and we are here to assist.”
Any individuals with information are asked to call the Greene County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 937-562-4819.
Reach Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.
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