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Officials release cause of death in Danville native's murder

BREAKING NEWS:

June 29, 2012|By STEPHANIE MOJICA | smojica@amnews.com
  • Danielle Thomas
Danielle Thomas

The New York City Medical Examiner’s office has determined the cause of death of Danville native Danielle Thomas and ruled the death a homicide, officials said Friday.

Thomas, 27, was strangled and beaten to death in her apartment Tuesday, according to Grace Brugess, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office.

Her estranged boyfriend, Jason Bohn, 33, is a “person of interest” in the slaying, said New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Thomas had a restraining order against Bohn. The man, who is an attorney, allegedly called authorities the night of Thomas’ death and said, “‘I threw her against the wall. Somebody should go and check if she’s all right.”

Bohn’s whereabouts are unknown and detectives believe he turned off his cell phone to avoid being tracked and went on the run, according to New York Daily News.

He allegedly called Thomas and threatened her on June 7 while she was at a New York City police precinct filing an report against him for a beating she endured on May 24. Bohn allegedly beat her face and back. He was charged with harassment as well as assault and has a court hearing regarding those cases in less than two weeks.

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"It's war!" he said in a voicemail, according to court documents. "I'll dedicate my life to hunting you down like a dog in the streets."

Thomas and Bohn had lived in Florida until several months ago. 

She was graduate of Boyle County High School and the daughter of Jamie Thomas Bright of Danville and the late Calvin Thomas. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Read more in Sunday's edition of The Advocate-Messenger and online.

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