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Coroner identifies woman found dead in Radcliff home, person of interest arrested

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Radcliff police are digging through evidence to find out why a woman was found dead in her home early Friday morning.

She has been identified as 34-year-old Samantha Miller by Hardin County deputy coroner Kenneth Spangenberger. 

Police said the initial call was on a woman "suffering medical trauma" in a mobile home on Smith Street near Dixie Boulevard around 2:15 a.m. Police have not yet said how the woman died.

Spangenberger said no cause of death has been determined after an autopsy was performed because they are awaiting more test results.

"Everyday we see things on the news that's going on in everybody else's community. But when it hits home, it's kind of scary," said Donetta Gonzalez, who lives nearby.

Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said his officers weren't originally dispatched to the scene. An officer responded on his own to the first 911 call for a medical emergency to see if he could help. 

"Obviously, he discovered there that things just didn't seem, you know, right to him," Cross said. That's what got police involved. 

A witness told officers a man named Thomas Maxwell was at the scene at the time of the emergency. Cross said he had fled before officers arrived, but eight hours later, detectives found him walking along the highway about a mile from the scene. 

Police arrested the 45-year-old as a person of interest. They're not calling him a suspect in the woman's death yet, but believe he may know something because he was at the scene when she was killed.

Chief Cross said Maxwell had a relationship with Miller, but she recently took out an emergency protection order out against him. He is now in jail, charged with violating that order.

"We have charged him with domestic violence, or violating a domestic violence order which was active, he being the respondent and her being the petitioner," Cross said. "So we have him logged on that charge right now." 

Police hope Maxwell knows more about how Miller died. 

"The victim did have some blunt force trauma. But we're not sure if that's the cause of death or not," Cross said.

Those who live nearby hope police will crack the case soon.

"It doesn't happen often, and we're thankful for that," Cross said. "We're glad that we have a very safe community, but one is too many."

If you have any information about what might have happened to Miller, call the Radcliff Police Department at 270-351-TIPS, where you can remain anonymous.

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