Coroner rules homicide in Niles case; mum on cause

The Trumbull County Coroner is keeping his cards close to his chest and is not revealing the way a woman was killed during a Thursday home invasion on Hiram Street.

Arlene Frasca’s death was a homicide,  Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said.

“Only me and the killers know (the cause of death),” Germaniuk said. “So I am going to hold off.”

Niles police are continuing their investigation and do not have anything new to release to the public, police Capt. John Marshall said.

Police said they believe the Frasca home was targeted for a specific reason.

“As we progress with the case, it may seem that things have gotten quiet, at least publicly. There are a lot of things that we are doing that, unfortunately, we are not able to release publicly until we have enough information,” Marshall told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WKBN 27.

Acting police chief Capt. Jay Holland said investigators have access to information from Frasca’s autopsy and are working to solve the case.

“It is something far more involved than it may seem on the surface, but rest assured that it is being actively and aggressively pursued and we hope to bring it to a resolution soon,” Marshall said.

Police were called just before 11 p.m. by Angelo Frasca, the victim’s husband to their 1626 Hiram St. home, where Arlene Frasca was found dead at the bottom of the basement steps.

During a call to 911, he said the intruders, two white men, held guns to the heads of the couple.

Angelo Frasca also was injured in the home invasion, and returned to his home the next day with his arm in a sling.

Arlene Frasca was pushed down the stairs, neighbor Darla Giancola said Angelo Frasca told her. Giancola also said the house was ransacked.

Frasca was actively involved in the community. She was a former member of the Warren Junior Women’s League, board member for the Art Outreach Gallery at the Eastwood Mall, a member of the Viestani-Amerital club and a poll worker for the Board of Elections. She also worked for 29 years at the Trumbull County Courthouse.

Frasca had two children and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled today at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles.