ADAMSVILLE, Ohio – A naked, severely burned woman with a strap around her neck arose from a rural eastern Ohio road, crying in agony, and threw herself toward a passing vehicle in a scene that was something out of a horror show.
The motorists interview with the Times Recorder in Zanesville, which did not name the man in its online story Wednesday, offers graphic detail about what is now a death investigation as detectives try to piece together what happened.
The man said the 29-year-old woman was pleading for help and comfort, and was burned from head to toe, with all her hair gone, when he spotted her Sunday morning in a heavily wooded area.
I caught her and picked her up in my arms, he told the newspaper. I told her I was going to lay her in the grass and knew then that God had put me there for her.
She was screaming that people were trying to kill her, he said. The man said he covered the woman with a blanket from his truck and tried to talk with her. He told an emergency dispatcher he was having trouble understanding the woman but she was alert enough to share her name.
He said he offered her some Gatorade and tried to loosen the strap around her neck. Because of her wounds, emergency responders had trouble getting her onto a stretcher at the scene. Celeste Fronsman of the Canton area was flown to a Columbus hospital. She died Tuesday.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said there are several people of interest in the case and have evidence from a location in woods near.