Shelvagean and Jimmie Rhoden: Mother, 79, and son's bodies found at Ohio home more than a year after they died
The bodies of 79-year-old Shelvagean Rhoden and her 59-year-old son, Jimmie Rhoden, were discovered by a teenage boy who had been hunting close to a secluded home in Rose Township, eastern Ohio, on December 26. “A neighbor who went up, looked into the window thinking no one was there and seeing the deceased person inside one of the bedrooms,” Carroll County Sheriff Calvin Graham said, according to Cleveland19.
The remains were then transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office in Cleveland where they were identified with the help of X-rays and medical records. "Nothing suspicious, no trauma to the bodies. Both had medical problems," Graham said, adding that investigators had also recovered some crucial evidence that suggests the pair could have died in June 2021. “What was left in the refrigerator, we know the power was turned off August 24 by Carroll Electric for no payment and there was mail in the house that indicated it was somewhere around mid-June,” Graham said.
The Carroll County Sheriff revealed that a welfare check at the residence was conducted by the sheriff's office after an urgent request by Adult Protective Services in September 2021. “When the deputy went to the home, he got no response and had no indication that anything was wrong,” Graham said. It was also reported that Jimmie is listed with Carroll County real estate records as the owner of the property, which is about six miles southeast of Magnolia in eastern Rose Township.
The two are most likely to be buried at a township cemetery as no family has yet come forward to claim the corpses. "The township is responsible to pay for the burial," Graham said. However, the future of the property is still uncertain. "Right now the (real estate) taxes are current," Carroll County Treasurer Jeff Yeager said, according to Yahoo News. "It looks like it is a tax service company that has been keeping those taxes up to date. I can't do anything with it because it is not delinquent. I can't foreclose until they are delinquent."
In a similar incident, the remains of a Downers Grove woman were located more than five years after she was reported missing. Cheyann Klus was 22 years old when she was last seen by her family on November 27, 2017, at her home in unincorporated Downers Grove. "Cheyann was reported missing by her father after she had not returned home after a few days. Was able to verify that last had contact with a friend on 12/01/2017 in the area of 2100 N. Kilbourn Chicago, Illinois." Cook County Sheriff's Office website said in a statement.