COLUMBUS, Ohio – A sheriff says a severely burned woman was naked and had a rope around her neck when a passing motorist spotted her on a road in a rural, heavily wooded area of eastern Ohio, roughly 60 miles from her home.
The traveler found the woman Sunday northeast of Zanesville and called 911. He told a dispatcher the woman had been raped, beaten and burned.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the 29-year-old woman from the Canton area had fourth-degree burns over most of her body. He said she was in critical condition Monday at a Columbus hospital.
Lutz said investigators found a crime scene in the woods near where the woman was found. He wouldn’t give other details.
He says investigators have several “people of interest” in the case.