Body found in burning van

Erie County Sheriff's deputies investigating
Register
Jun 30, 2013

UPDATED 4:47 p.m.: The death is an apparent suicide, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said. Deputies went to the home of the vehicle owner, a 33-year-old Norwalk woman, and found a suicide note. Officials are not releasing the name of the woman pending positive identification by the coroner.

UPDATED 4:27 p.m.: A significant development based on evidence found at the scene of the possible homicide at Milan Wildlife Area on Lovers Lane may lead investigators to identifying the vehicle and its owner soon. Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth declined to comment on what that evidence may be.

Authorities continue to track down ownership of the charred vehicle, which has been identified as a Ford Windstar.

An autopsy will be conducted on the body Monday.
 

UPDATED 10:50 a.m.: The body and the van are burned beyond recognition, authorities said. They could not immediately determine the make and model of the van. The body was found in the back seat of the van, and investigators said they have not yet determined if the victim is a man or a woman.

Erie County coroner Brian Baxter and Sheriff Paul Sigsworth are at the scene.  

ORIGINAL STORY: 

A badly charred body was found inside a vehicle this morning after firefighters extinguished the flames.

The burning van was discovered along Lover's Lane Road just north of the Erie-Huron county line at about 6 a.m., Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth. A passing motorist saw a plume of smoke and called 911, he said. 

Detectives and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation are on the scene. 

"We're just getting started with this investigation," Sigsworth said. 

Check back here at sanduskyregister.com for updates and get Monday's Register for more information as it becomes available. 

Comments

msbrendabaum

Lord Help Us! What is happening to our community??? Why is this evil falling on us????

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The Hero Zone

One reason may be that simply our population is getting larger. Let's say that 2% of society in general is predisposed/destined to be a criminal. Well, while that percentage is fixed the population is rising causing more criminals as the borders/land mass across which they can spread hasn't grown.

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The Hero Zone

Perhaps to amend this a bit, too, it wouldn't be "just" criminal activity but all activity. While hopefully not a murder, the other option isn't really fun either, eh? Whatever else it is, it's a shame. Let's hope for a speedy resolution so we can all learn something and better our own lives from the experience.

deertracker

We should probably wait for more details. This could be domestic!

my oh my

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themomx6

How do you know? Where are you getting your info? Not saying you're wrong, just wondering.

gramafun

male or female this death is tragic. How sad for the family of the victim. Whoever did that deserves exactly what they get.

andrew43420

i agree with deertracker i would definitely wait for more details whos to say this isnt a suicide or something

chopperpilot

Next question: Why is someone down at Lovers Lane at 6am??

44846GWP

Not everybody has a 9-5 life. Could be someone going to work, coming home from work, yes, even on the week/end.

ritt

There is "traffic" in and out of there all hours of the day. Sad.

msbrendabaum

suicide??? i would venture to guess this isn't a suicide....domestic, possible. i don't know if i agree with the whole population increase theory either, our population is actually probably dropping as everyone in the area has moved away to find work or to escape the rats that are now crawling all over our neighborhoods killing and destroying our neighborhoods...just an opinion though, not a fact.

bigsexy

Would you look at that..........Just take a look at it..........an apparent suicide.

Brainiac2007

Suicide note or not this is NOT a suicide! Its common sense, NO ONE is going to set their self on fire and suffer like that versus taking a handful of pills and dying. Someone done this to her! Our world has taken a major plummet and people are sick.....I hope they catch the MURDERER because ill bet my life that's exactly what it is!

saxkris

Such a terrible tragedy, REST IN PEACE

starryeyes83

Why not? people have set themselves on fire before.

UNLESS

it is a homicide fixed to look like a suicide.

We'll just have to wait on details.

Clark W. Griswald

I think someone needs to cut back on the CSI reruns ...

Eph 2 8-10

Oh yes they do. A high school class mate did the same thing about 40 years ago.

saxkris

Prayers for the family

saxkris

SO SAD!

howcanthisbe

Just pray for the persons children! How terribly sad:-(

OMGreally

Yeh I definitely am not buying suicide..I dont know anyone that writes their suicide note at home, hops in a mini van, drives from norwalk to sandusky, pulls off in a secluded spot, crawls up in the back seat and sets themselves on fire...I just don't see it...I can see someone forcing her to write a note, taking her there killing her in the back seat and lighting the van on fire. To me that is more plausible, but what do I know.

Clark W. Griswald

What are you, some kind of suicide expert?

eightballcuet1

They do if they don't want their kids or other family memeber to find them.

Ispeed2_69

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howcanthisbe

Well then u wld be wrong.

howcanthisbe

Regardless of what situation took place whether it be suicide or otherwise (and i know in reading other comments on other stories im wasting my breath) please try and be considerate when making your comments as im sure family members and possibly this persons young kids may see the comments made. During their time of suffering hatefulness isn't what needs to be spread.

my3boys

Agreed to howcanthisbe....this a young woman's life that was taken no matter how it happened she has young children & a family. It's a very sad situation :( please just pray for her entire family ❤

saxkris

May she rest in peace and prayers of comfort for her family

lmalley77

I agree howcanthisbe....people should just stop all the speculating until a full investigation is done... like I said on a post from earlier this week, there is so much hate and negativity in this world and not enough empathy and understanding for loved ones left behind to deal with the aftermath :(

starryeyes83

Maybe you can talk the papers into NOT printing "breaking news" then,, maybe that would help.

Although, I don't see where friends posting on Facebook is helping, either. That's one reason I don't use social media outlets.

Raoul Duke

What a bunch of morons.

Raoul Duke

Really?

my3boys

I will say I do know this young lady & she does have young children , that now have to live with this the rest of their lives. Please just pray for them instead of putting all the negativity!

saxkris

I am praying! Lord comfort her children and family.

Raoul Duke

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myfairsher

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BlueAngel

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Ehovemom

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Gardenman

Its so sad when a person so young takes their life. So unfortunate they could not find another way to coupe with the problems they had. Just so unfortunate.

myfairsher

At blue angel I talked to her family, it was definitely her.

BlueAngel

@myfairsher... my deepest sympathies....Prayers go out to the family..

andrew43420

for all those that say this cant be a suicide it happens again i am not saying it is i am saying wait for the facts but those who say it wasnt suicide it happened at wal mart like 2 years ago in Port Clinton

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2cents

It is a very hard call, a good friend of mine took his own life in a very methodical manor. I was the last person he spoke to and I never picked up on anything at that point. Looking back one finds flags that were not obvious until after the fact and a little time passes.

All I can say is prayers to the family and if someone close appears to be acting a little funny, not normal, pay attention, they may be asking for something without knowing it!

Pastor Ron

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transplant

I must be blind. I see nothing in this article that mentions children.

grandpa4life

May the good Lord hold in his hands all those with a heavy heart To all that may post please be thoughtful of the family