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COLUMBUS (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) -- The murder of a troubled Columbus woman remains unsolved after 24 years, but police hope the public can help them break open this cold case.

Lisa Kuhns was reportedly residing with her former husband on Elsmere Street near Parsons Avenue until the night of June 24, 1989.

Her boyfriend told police he dropped her off at the nearby IGA Supermarket and watched her walk to her ex-husband's home, where there was a confrontation.

"She'd come home. She was high. He questioned her about what she had taken. Of course, she denied it to him," Columbus Police Det. Bill Gillette said.     

Her ex, Rick Kuhns, allegedly told her to get out.

"He basically told Lisa she needed to leave and not come back."

That was the last time family and friends saw her alive. Three days later, and more than 100 miles away, boaters made a gruesome find in the Ohio River, police reported.

"Basically, Lisa was cut in half at about the waist," Gillette said.

Reports said she was stabbed in the chest and dismembered.

Her ex-husband passed a polygraph test. Her boyfriend has since died. The river washed away any DNA evidence.

The case went cold, but police hope the public can bring forth new evidence to solve this mystery.

"I realize this happened in 1989, but there has to be somebody out there who knows something that might help us," Gillette said.

If you know anything about what happened to Lisa Kuhns, call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.
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