Canton, OH – A woman found on the side of a rural Ohio road severely burned with a rope tied around her neck, has died.
On Sunday, a passing motorist discovered a 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman on the side of a Zainesville, Ohio, road. She was naked with a rope around her neck and suffering from severe burns.
“I have a woman right here. She’s burned severely, she’s been raped and she’s been beat up,” the man told the 911 dispatcher as Fronsman could be heard moaning in pain. “She’s got a rope around her neck, she’s totally without clothes and she’s severely burned.”
Even though Fronsman had been raped and tortured, suffering from fourth-degree burns that went as deep as the muscle and bone (*shudder*), she was still alert and pleading for help. She was able to tell the motorist what happened, as well as responding police and medics.
She was flown to the Wexner Medical Center burn unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she remained in critical condition for two days before dying yesterday.
“This is one of the most gruesome things I’ve ever seen in 23 and a half years in law enforcement, as well as some of our detectives,” Sheriff Matt Lutz said. “I can’t imagine the pain this lady went through.”
Using Fronsman’s statements and evidence collected at a “ crime scene” found in woods near the scene, police say they are already focusing on possible suspects responsible for the woman’s heinous rape and murder.
“This was not a random act,” Lutz said. “There was a vehicle that we were looking for that interested us. We found that last night in the Canton area. There are some people of interest to us that we are currently looking for.”
Police have not revealed all the evidence they’ve found, aside from stating they did retrieve gas cans, and they have not stated why they do not feel this is a random attack.
Frosman’s father said he last saw his daughter on Friday after she and a friend borrowed his truck and said the would return shortly. When they did not, he went looking for them before contacting police.
I don’t care who you are, but that is one horrible, horrible way to die.Tags: Burning, Celeste Fronsman, Crime, Murder, Ohio, Rape, robe, Torture