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

Posted at 6:15 AM, Oct 24, 2017

A Strongsville man called 911 Monday night to report that he found his wife — a 6th-grade teacher — dead in their house.

Police say they responded to the home on Blazing Star Drive around 8 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found 49-year-old Melinda Pleskovic with stab wounds. 

She was transported to Southwest General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

In a 911 call, Pleskovic's husband, Bruce, told dispatch: "I think someone killed my wife." 

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, Bruce 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.

The district released the following statement early Tuesday: 

We have been informed of an investigation being conducted by the Strongsville Police Department regarding an incident at the home of one of our 6th-grade teachers.  As this is an ongoing police investigation, we are unable to comment any further at this time.  We will, however, have crisis counselors on hand for students to speak with as we are aware this is unsettling and has been publicized through the media.

News 5 spoke to a family friend who said the couple has a daughter who was supposed to get married this weekend and an 18-year-old son. 

Some Strongsville residents have expressed concerns about the suspect and want to know if police are looking for someone in connection to the stabbing and death. They want to know if they should be concerned for their own safety.

News 5 took those concerns to police, but all they will say at this time is that they are investigating.

Strongsville police are not sharing any updates or naming any suspects as of Wednesday.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting Strongsville police.