Body found in burning van

Erie County Sheriff's deputies investigating
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.  


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 for updates and get Monday's Register for more information as it becomes available. 



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 :(


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



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!


I am praying! Lord comfort her children and family.

Raoul Duke



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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.


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


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


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


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


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