EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — The East Cleveland Police Department is investigating after locating the body of an unidentified woman Tuesday afternoon.
According to officials, police received a tip that the body of missing 22-year-old Alishah Pointer was located in the basement of a burned-out home in the 14500 block of Savannah Avenue in East Cleveland.
Police say that the body of a Black female was found, but officials are waiting for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office to make a positive identification before confirming any additional details. "We are highly confident that is her [Pointer]," East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner told 3News.
"Detectives have been working 18 hours a day since it was reported that Ms. Pointer was possibly abducted. The Cleveland Office of both the FBI and Secret Service have been instrumental from the onset of the investigation," said Gardner.
"This is definitely something written out of a movie script," Chief Gardner said. "This is probably one of the most bizarre cases I've ever seen."
Pointer was last seen on Nov. 4 in Cleveland and was reported missing by family members on Nov. 5, also her birthday.
"It's just been a hard, few days," said Kathryn Pointer, Alishah's aunt.
"It's been devastating for her and their mother," said Marilyn Pointer, Alishah's grandmother. "We had high hopes of finding her safely."
East Cleveland police say they are searching for two possible suspects in the case.
The matter remains under investigation by the East Cleveland Police Department.
This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates as they become available.
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