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52-year-old woman found shot, killed inside Akron home after she didn't show up for work

Police looking for 'armed and dangerous suspect'
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Posted at 8:47 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 10:37:02-04

AKRON, Ohio — A 52-year-old woman who had been shot dead was found inside her Akron home on Wednesday morning, according to a joint release from the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Akron Police Department.

Twyla Pettiford, 52, of Akron, was found by police inside a home in the 1700 block of Manchester Road in Akron.

Her family said that after she didn’t show up to work Wednesday morning they called police. The police did a welfare check at around 11:30 a.m. and found Pettiford with multiple gunshot wounds.

She was pronounced dead at the home at 12:15 p.m.

The Akron Police Department has identified Chester "Billy" Walker, 53, as a suspect in connection with the homicide, according to authorities.

Walker is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs around 205 pounds.

Akron police said that Walker should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is aske dto call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. You can also text the word TIPSCO and the tip to 274637. Tips can be anonymous.