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Medical Examiner: Strongsville teacher was shot and suffered 'sharp force injuries'

Posted at 12:18 PM, Oct 27, 2017

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Friday that the Strongsville teacher who was found dead at her home Monday night suffered gunshot wounds. Police said earlier in the week that she was also stabbed.

The medical examiner said 49-year-old Melinda Pleskovic had "sharp force injuries of the trunk with skeletal, vascular and visceral injuries." 

RELATED: Strongsville man calls 911, says 'I think someone killed my wife'

The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Pleskovic's husband called 911 Monday night and told dispatchers he found his wife dead. 

"I think someone killed my wife," he said. 

He said she had stab wounds on her back and added, "we've had people trying to break into our house all year."

Strongsville police said in a news release Tuesday morning that reports of break-ins in other areas of the neighborhood are not supported by records filed with the department.

A neighbor across the street told News 5 that his car was broken into earlier this year. Other neighbors said they've never had any problems on the quiet street. 

Police records of calls to the house show earlier this year, a laptop was stolen from the family car. 

In September, Melinda called police to say someone had stolen her car keys and was setting off her alarms. 

Then, last week, police reports show a door to the home was found open. 

In the 911 call, her husband said "We've asked people to watch our freaking area. We've had people attempt to break in this week. You people dropped the freaking ball." 

Pleskovic was a 6th-grade teacher for the Strongsville City Schools. A family friend said the couple has a daughter who was supposed to get married this weekend and an 18-year-old son.