Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson said Thursday the cause and manner of Al Dulaimi's death have not been released, but he expects her death will be ruled a homicide. Charges have not been filed in her death.
"We're going to continue to investigate as if it were a homicide," Johnson said Thursday.
Al Dulaimi's body was discovered Tuesday evening in a wooded area near the corner of North Bend and Ninevah roads in Saybrook Township. Johnson declined to say how she was found or if she had any apparent injuries, as the active investigation continues.
Authorities found her body near her last known location — the Ninevah Road home of her estranged husband, 28-year-old Jeffrey A. Stanley, who was named a "person of interest" in her disappearance.
Johnson also declined to say who owned the property where
Al Dulaimi was found, but he said the property owner has been cooperative in the ongoing investigation. He said investigators may return to the location to comb for evidence in the coming weeks.
Stanley — whom acquaintances of Al Dulaimi claim was "abusive" toward her — was arrested days after her disappearance on a probation violation and remains in the county jail.
In March 2017, Stanley briefly absconded with the couple's now 2-year-old son, prompting an Amber Alert to be issued. He was ultimately placed on probation.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office did not respond Thursday to confirm Al Dulaimi's body was scheduled for an autopsy.
Kat Loveland, a Conneaut woman who briefly befriended Al Dulaimi while the young Iraqi woman was staying at a battered women's shelter, has been helping bring her family stateside from Turkey to plan for a local burial.
Al Dulaimi, who came to the U.S. from Turkey after marrying Stanley and giving birth to their son, had few other confidants in the county and no other family members.
She worked as a nurse at Geneva Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and was a biotechnology major at Kent State University Ashtabula, where she made the spring 2018 Dean's List.
Loveland said she delivered the news of Al Dulaimi's death to the family, who are "devastated" but are now intent on seeing justice done.
"Knowing (Al Dulaimi) only a very short time, it's sad but extremely heart-wrenching for her family," Loveland told the Star Beacon Thursday. "I have spent many days and nights on the phone with her sister, Rula, trying to be there for her."
Rula al Dulaimi plans to meet Monday with officials at the U.S. embassy in Turkey to obtain an emergency U.S. visa and travel to Ashtabula County to assist in the funeral arrangements and to see her sister's son, who is currently in custody of the county Children Services Board.
"It is what Rand would want," Loveland said.
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