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Coroner rules woman was strangled to death


LORAIN — A woman whose decomposed body was found in a storage bin at her Lorain apartment complex died of strangulation.

That is the finding of Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans in the death of Catherine Hoholski, 26, whose body was found Aug. 8 in a storage container at her Tower Boulevard apartment complex where she had lived with Albert Fine, 30, the father of Hoholski’s 5-month-old daughter.

Fine is fighting extradition to Ohio from Lexington, Ky., to face murder charges.

Evans declined to release further information, citing the ongoing investigation of the woman’s death as a homicide.

“There are going to be some type of judicial proceedings, and we do not want to disrupt the investigation and adjudication of the case,” Evans said.

Fine was arrested Aug. 9 in the parking lot of a Lowe’s store in the Lexington area. He continues to be held in the Fayette County Detention Center as authorities in Lorain are preparing to seek a governor’s warrant to help them get Fine returned to Ohio to answer the charges against him.

A hearing is set for Sept. 13 in Fayette County, according to Lorain police Detective Chris Kovach.

“We are still in the process of preparing for that hearing to bring him back,” Kovach said.

Kovach declined to disclose details of the case including a possible motive for Hoholski’s murder.

“More information will be made available at a later date after we have him back and the case proceeds,” Kovach said.

Police began looking for Hoholski after her mother reported her missing July 12. Jane Hoholski told police she last saw her daughter June 28.

The woman’s mother also told police at the time that Fine had not seen Hoholski but was continuing to go with her to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland to see the couple’s daughter, Jasmine, who was being treated following her premature birth in March. The baby underwent multiple surgeries for severe medical problems.

Authorities believe Hoholski had been hidden in the apartment complex storage bin about a month when her body was discovered.

A 2004 Southview High School graduate, Hoholski worked as an auto parts assembler at Camaco in Lorain.

Family members have said they plan to seek custody of Jasmine.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

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