Missing Pregnant Woman Found Dead

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said the body of missing pregnant woman Deanna Ballman was discovered in a car Wednesday afternoon.(Photo: Delaware County Sheriff's Office)
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said the body of missing pregnant woman Deanna Ballman was discovered in a car Wednesday afternoon.(Photo: Delaware County Sheriff's Office)

A woman said authorities confirmed to her that the body found in a car in central Ohio is that of her missing pregnant daughter.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked along a road found the body early Wednesday afternoon in Harlem Township. That’s about 15 miles northeast of downtown Columbus, outside the more heavily populated suburbs.

Authorities say the license plate matched the vehicle of 23-year-old Deanna Ballman, of Pataskala, who was nine months pregnant and was reported missing on Tuesday.

Lori Ballman told The Associated Press Wednesday she’s been told the body is that of Deanna.

Her 19-year-old brother, James Ballman, said his sister was responding to an online classified ad seeking house-cleaning help.

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