Marina body identified as Toledo woman

CARROLL TWP. Detectives have identified the woman whose body was found underwater t
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

CARROLL TWP.

Detectives have identified the woman whose body was found underwater tied to two concrete blocks in a remote Ottawa County marina, less than 30 miles from her home.

Relatives of east Toledo resident Jennifer L. Shively, 26, 1132 Earl St., recognized pictures of tattoos on her body during a Toledo news broadcast at 5 p.m. Thursday and called authorities, according to a news release by the Ottawa County Sheriff's office.

The Earl Street address is near Ohio 2 in east Toledo, about 25 miles west of the marina where Shively's body was found.

Ottawa County detectives met with family members, including Shively's mother and brother, Thursday evening in Toledo.

They identified her from photographs of the tattoos and surgical scars on her body.

Officials at the Toledo Police Department, who are assisting Ottawa County and Carroll Township officials in the investigation, said no one had reported Shively missing. No suspects have been identified as of Thursday night.

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed by Lucas County coroner's staff showed she was not alive when her body was dumped into the water, though officials say the cause of death is being withheld for investigative purposes.

The autopsy showed no obvious signs Shively had been sexually assaulted, but more evidence remains under investigation.

A Toledo couple found her body Tuesday evening while riding on a jet ski through Lamberjack's Marina, 10221 W. Locust Point Road, in Carroll Township. Only part of her torso stuck out of the murky water. She was wearing only a tank top and a bra, and her legs and arms were bound. Shively had several tattoos, including five-point stars in blue ink with a sunburst design on the front of each shoulder. She also had the name "Tonio" in cursive writing tattooed on her left arm above her wrist.

Investigators believe her body was in the water for up to two weeks.

While it's possible her body was dumped by someone passing through the area, north of Ohio 2 several miles west of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, residents of the small fishing community near the marina believe whoever did it must have known where they were going.

They also say the recent low water levels contributed to the discovery of her body.

Gina Schiller, who works at Turtle Point Marina, near where her body was found, pointed out the roughly foot-high water mark on the rusted steel walls of the marina entrance.

"Whenever we get a south wind, the water level is way down," she said.

Vince Lamberjack, the owner of the marina, said he had caught glimpses of the body in previous days, but thought it was a burlap sack or a old tire because only a small part was visible.

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Assistant News Editor Annie Zelm contributed to this story

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