Police seek tips in murder in Niles

NILES — Police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that might help lead to the arrest of those responsible for the murder of Arlene Frasca.

Frasca, 74, was found dead just before 11 p.m. Oct. 6, 2016, by police at the bottom of the basement stairs inside her home at 1626 Hiram St. after her husband, Angelo, called 911. Police have said two men targeted the house, looking for something specific, and Capt. John Marshall said several things were stolen from the home.

When Angelo Frasca called 911, he told the dispatcher the men held guns to the couple’s heads and robbed them. He said the men did something to his wife and that he could not get her up from the floor.

Detectives are still looking at every lead possible and Marshall urged anyone with any information to contact police. Someone might have some information they don’t think is important, Marshall said, but it could turn out to be the missing piece to the puzzle.

“We want to remind the public, and anyone involved, that we are still actively investigating,” Marshall said.

Tips can be shared with Youngstown Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE, or through their Facebook page.

The $10,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Any information passed on to Crime Stoppers is anonymous, and could be critical to closing the case, Marshall said.

The reward was initially offered in July 2017, but the case remains unsolved.

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.

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