Police: Suspect Dumped Woman's Body in Covington Alley After She OD'd at His Home
On Friday, February 6, Amanda Grant left the Kenton County Detention Center after spending thirty days behind bars on a contempt of court charge. She had been arrested fifteen times in Kenton County since 2009, including five times for prostitution.
The next morning, her lifeless body was found in an alley on the 300 block of Pike Street.
That evening, the last person alleged to have seen her alive was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Michael Linss, 54, appeared in Kenton County District Court on Tuesday afternoon where Judge Ann Ruttle sent his case to the Grand Jury. Covington Police Detective Eric Higgins testified at the preliminary hearing that Grant's body was found in the alley at around 9 a.m. on February 7. Because her breasts were exposed, the crime bureau was called in. The body was found in the alley between the former Tanzen Haus nightclub and SECO Electric, a company whose surveillance camera captured a pick-up truck pull up at around 4 in the morning, a man get out and open the passenger door, and dump Grant's body on the ground before pulling off.
Grant's mobile phone was still on her when investigators showed up and one text message, Higgins testified, read that "Michael came and picked me up in his truck". A review of records at the jail led investigators to Linss who had been convicted in 2010 on drug charges but was later released on parole.
According to Higgins, Linss told police that he panicked when he discovered that Grant, 24, had overdosed on drugs in his apartment on the 800 block of Madison Avenue. When his attempts to revive her failed, he packed her into the truck and dropped her body in the alley, Higgins said. He had been sentenced to ten years in 2010 for trafficking in heroin, and his previous arrests in Kenton County include a 1995 charge of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Linss was represented Tuesday by a public defender and also faces a new parole violation charge. That charge is what he feared most when he decided to dump Grant's body, according to Higgins.
An autopsy was performed on Grant but results are pending. According to Kieran Devane, a family friend who spoke to The River City News on Tuesday, Grant's family has not yet been able to bury her due to financial constraints. They seek to raise more than $6,000 to cover the costs at GoFundMe.
Grant's son will turn 5 years old on Friday and is currently in the care of her cousin and his wife, Devane said.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Linss appears in court (RCN), Linss in jail (Kenton Co. Detention Center), and Grant with child (Devane/provided)