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Man arrested for September 2021 murder of 91-year-old mother in South Euclid

Essie Mae Henry was beaten to death nearly five months ago. Her body was found where she would often go on walks.

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — *EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video is from our previous reporting on this story.

Police have arrested a man accused of killing his 91-year-old mother nearly five months ago in South Euclid.

Marcus Henry, 50, is charged with aggravated murder in the September 2021 death of Essie Mae Henry. The elder Henry's body was found near the intersection of Warrensville Center and Colony Roads last Sept. 4, and the Cuyahoga County medical examiner later ruled she died via homicide from blunt force injuries.

"There were bumps and bruises on her body," said Officer Joe Dilillo with the South Euclid Police Department told 3News at the time, adding that Essie Mae Henry was known to take frequent walks in the area.

Credit: South Euclid Police Department
Essie Mae Henry.

Authorities offered a $5,000 reward for any information in their search for possible suspects, but the case soon went cold. Then, following "an extensive investigation," officials obtained a warrant for Marcus Henry's arrest Wednesday before taking him into custody Thursday morning.

A search of court records did not show a prior criminal record for Henry in either Cuyahoga County or South Euclid. An initial court date has not yet been set, but should Henry eventually be convicted, he could potentially face the death penalty.

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