Roxanne Lee Buck indicted in Michelle Johnson murder in Stow

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Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Friday that a grand jury indicted Bryn Mawr Drive resident Roxanne Lee Buck, 44, with special felony murder and third-degree felony tampering with evidence in the murder of 21-year-old Michelle Johnson.

Buck rented a room in the Maplepark Road home in Stow shared by Johnson and her mother. A Stow police officer discovered Johnson's body in a shed behind the home March 15 after Johnson's mother, who was in West Virginia, called police and asked them to check on her daughter after she lost contact with her.

Buck was arrested March 20. Police said blood DNA evidence in Buck's vehicle was traced to Johnson.

"Every murder is horrific and senseless, and this case is no exception," said Walsh in a written statement. "My heart goes out to Michelle's mother, her family and friends, and an entire community that is wondering why this woman was brutally taken from them."

Buck will be arraigned in Summit County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday at 8 a.m. She is being held in Summit County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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