Few know of marina's secluded location

CARROLL TWP. It's not easy to find Lamberjack's Marina. North Humphrey Road is a nondescript turnoff
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

 

CARROLL TWP.

It's not easy to find Lamberjack's Marina. North Humphrey Road is a nondescript turnoff from Ohio 2 in Ottawa County, just northwest of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.

As the road reaches Lake Erie, it turns west and becomes West Locust Point Road, a tiny street lined with tightly-packed cottages.

Visitors soon encounter signs labeling the street "private" and turning away anyone who isn't a resident or guest.

Those who dare continue find a dirt and gravel parking lot and Vince Lamberjack's convenience store and bait shop.

To the south, his grassy marina with its concrete and steel docks houses a couple dozen modest boats and a chorus of crickets.

"How would they find such a secluded place?" Gina Schiller wondered aloud.

Perhaps it's pure chance someone chose to travel down the rural road and dump the body of a young woman near a dock in Lamberjack's Marina.

But more likely, Schiller said, that person knew where he or she was going.

"It had to have been someone who had been here before," said Schiller, an employee at Turtle Point Marina, which shares an access channel with Lamberjack's Marina.

Schiller grew up in Oak Harbor and has spend many summers in the quiet fishing community with its seasonal and year-round residents.

"Most people come up here because their mom and dad brought them here when they were kids," she said. "Most of the people come out here because of tradition. It's not like it's a hot spot."

Vince Lamberjack also said he suspects the culprit was someone from the area, "unless it was somebody who fished or did business back there."

Speculation about the identity of the girl and how she came to rest at the bottom of the marina were common topics of conversation among residents in the isolated community as they watched police cars and media vans come and go Wednesday.

"I hope they catch who did it," said Rocky Newton, who went about his work as usual, weed-whacking grass at Lamberjack's Marina. He said he's also from the area and can't remember anything so gruesome happening before.

James Card, an Elmore native, said he moved to a one-story house across the street from the marina to get some much-needed peace after his divorce.

"I'm finding out it's actually putting more stress on my life," he said with a laugh.

Card said his ex-girlfriend and business partner recently stole his 1995 Ford Escort station wagon and hit the road, bound for Michigan. He filed complaints with police about the car and credit cards she allegedly stole.

He was shocked when they showed up at his house to question him about the woman's body, discovered several hundred yards away from his front door.

"It's just really bad timing," he said. He said his ex-girlfriend is 35 and does not have a tattoo similar to the one found on the victim.

He said it was unsettling that such a horrific crime would happen in the quiet community.

"This is just tragic," he said. "I hope they find out who did it."