Coroner: Man’s body found in car

Family members notified of death; sheriff’s office says evidence doesn’t indicate homicide
Courtney Astolfi
Mar 1, 2014
Officials discovered a burned body late Thursday night inside a car that exploded on Jacobs Road in Ridgefield Township.
 
Huron County dispatchers received two 911 calls at about 9:15 p.m. from nearby residents who first reported a car fire, and then reported an explosion, Huron County Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

Huron River Joint Fire District firefighters rushed to the scene, which is about a mile south of the Erie County line, and extinguished the blaze in a short span, Patrick said.

Found inside the burnt Mercury Sable were the charred remains of what appeared to be a man, Huron County coroner Dr. Jeff Harwood said.

The man’s body was found in the back seat, Harwood said. Deputies soon deemed the death suspicious in nature.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents joined Ohio State Fire Marshal employees in responding to the scene to process evidence. On Friday, however, the evidence began to paint a clearer picture for investigators. “We treat every unusual and suspicious death as if it’s a homicide until evidence indicates otherwise,” Patrick said. “We’ve uncovered significant evidence that this death is something other than a homicide”

When asked if the death appeared accidental, Patrick said no, but declined to comment further on the matter until investigators have more information.

Now, deputies are awaiting autopsy results and a positive identification from the Lucas County coroner’s office, which will likely come through dental records, Harwood said.

Even so, deputies believe they may know the victim’s identity.

“We have talked with family members of who we think it may be. That individual is missing. That vehicle did belong to (the same) individual” Patrick said.

Officials expect more information early next week.

Comments

BabyMomma

Sad

Dr. Information

Lets see how many articles Sandusky can put up about this fire. I see we are already at 3, maybe 4. Hard to keep track when they post the same stuff over and over again in different wording.

Unassumer

they update the stories as they get more information. this paper generally has more information than some others and often before the news channels get it. stop complaining. if you're a doctor then you know to get checked out when you can't keep up.

From the Grave

You're assuming they can't keep up...

Fromthe419

I give credit to the Huron County Sheriff's for the following statement, “We treat every unusual and suspicious death as if it’s a homicide until evidence indicates otherwise.” If only Sandusky County looked at things the same way, maybe Jake's investigation would have had a different outcome.

Simple Enough II

So who did it other than Jacob?

bdid.d519

Maybe one of the other 3 people that they admitted to being present...

queenjhb

sad for the grieving family.