The family of a once-missing Columbus woman planned to hold a candlelight prayer vigil for friends and coworkers to pray for her safe return. The Eldridge’s were holding out hope that 25-year-old Renee was not the woman that Valley Police were investigating as a homicide victim.
However, authorities delivered the grim news to the family early Tuesday evening that the body of their beloved Renee was found under Hopewell Road in a nearby creek.
News 3’s Sarah Panko visited with Renee’s sister, Nikki, to learn more about the woman who police say died of blunt force trauma to the head. She says Renee’s closest friends were her family. She also says Renee lived at home with her mother in Columbus and was studying business and accounting at the University of Phoenix.
Renee was last seen by friends at her house early Saturday morning after her sister says she went to hang out at Acer’s Grill & Bar. Employees at the restaurant say Renee wasn’t just a customer. She was well-known and liked by everyone.
“Ah, Renee, for short we called her ‘ney-ney,’ outgoing person, real sweetheart, hard worker, caring person,” a former coworker said about her.
Eldridge graduated from Shaw High School in 2008. A $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in this homicide case.