UPDATE - Suicide suspected in car fire

Authorities responded to a vehicle fire behind Wal-Mart early this morning. The incident appears to be a suicide. Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said the victim is a young male in his 20s. The Lucas County Coroner's office is expected to specifically identify the victim during an autopsy today.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

Authorities responded to a vehicle fire behind Wal-Mart early this morning. The incident appears to be a suicide.

Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said the victim is a young male in his 20s. The Lucas County Coroner's office is expected to specifically identify the victim during an autopsy today.

"We have a tentative idea who it is," Harwood said this morning.

Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said the victim's name currently isn't being released, citing detectives' ongoing investigation.

"I know we know who it is," he said. "All indications are leading us to look at (suicide)."

The fire in the parking lot behind the Westwind Drive business was reported at 1:40 a.m. Officers arrived four minutes later. Cashen said it's unknown who contacted dispatchers about the fire.

"Upon arrival, a burned body was found near the vehicle. The car fire was extinguished," Detective Sgt. Todd Temple wrote in his report. He was unavailable to elaborate.

Three Norwalk firefighters responded to the scene. Chief Doug Coletta had no further information this morning because the report wasn't complete.

"We're still working on it," Coletta said. "I can't make any comment yet. They're still investigating it."

Harwood was at the scene originally at 2:15 a.m. for about 40 minutes. He returned about four hours later after the state fire marshal's office and Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) had been contacted to assist detectives. Harwood noted that "BCI&I is very meticulous" in processing scenes for evidence.

The passenger area of the small car "was fairly burned," the coroner said, also saying the vehicle was "destroyed by fire."

"There were gasoline containers found in the car," the coroner added.

The fire marshal's office had no further information on the incident.

Comments

TIM (Anonymous)

I know the person involved as he was a friend of mine. I knew his dad also a freind of mine. This saddens and upsets me very deeply.

TIM (Anonymous)

I know the person involved as he was a friend of mine. I know his dad also a freind of mine. This saddens and upsets me very deeply.

Well, who is it...

It upsets me that any young person feels this is a solution to any problem they may be facing. Who is this young man?

ALG (Anonymous)

This is obviously a person who had some deep issues they were dealing with. It's just a shame that someone couldn't have gotten to him sooner to help him. Noone will ever know you need help unless you ask. I wish that people who are dealing with something bothersome in their life would seek other alternatives first. My thoughts and prayers are with this inviduals family and friends. May peace be with you!

sad (Anonymous)

This is horrible, I can't help but tear up. I didn't know this person, or their story, or why they did it. All I know is that my small town went through the suicide of a young loved one. She was my sisters good friend and it makes me heart break, suicide is the most selfish thing. My thoughts and prayers are going out to however was effected by this, whoever you may be.

Katie (Anonymous)

This is so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

tina (Anonymous)

suicide??????? homocide??????

VICKIE (Anonymous)

This does not sound like a suicide? Who was the caller?

me (Anonymous)

I can't imagine someone would commit suicide like this. Horribly painful. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.

B (Anonymous)

At about 8 am I saw a guy wearing a great hoodie sweatshirt comming out of the woods behind Walmart not sure about this but it does seem unbelievable that someone could burn "themselves" sounds a little fishy to me.

smalltowner (An...

I know the young man involved and his family.Please! let them grieve in peace, Do Not!!! make this into another Brant episode. This is a horrible thing to deal with, I can speak from first hand experience. This family needs time to heal not a bunch of speculation,If you must do something Say a prayer for him and his family they all need that now.God Bless them.

to smalltowner ...

I read your comments on here often, and although I don't know you, I feel a 'bond' between us because we both know what "some people" (who will remain nameless for now, but undoubtedly know who they are) will likely end up posting on here. You have my support and sympathy. You're in my prayers along with this young mans family. What a tragedy, he was so young.

Just a thought ...

To the family, God Bless all of you, this is tragic. You are in my prayers. But a suicide, sounds very doubtful.

swiss family......

this is truely tragic,any loss of life is terrible, and desperate, i just hope that the authorities completely check out all of the leads on this case, to me, suicide seems pretty unlikely, it is such a gruesome, and horrible way to end it all . may God bless you

Otto (Anonymous)

I would think Walmart would have security cameras in this area, Perhaps that's how police came to this conclusion so quickly. I must admit it sure sounds odd, That would be the worst way to leave this world. Let's all pray for a quick and complete investigation.

what is his nam...

who was this guy?

stop it... (Ano...

stop asking who the guy is, it will come out soon enough, the family needs this time to mourn and to try to make some kind of sense of it all.

shut up (Anonymous)

who is it?

For once (Anonymous)

Show some respect. It was a suicide. Not everything is as complex as you like to make it. It was attempted joint suicide, end of story. Now show some respect and give this family some time.

mt (Anonymous)

My prayers are with your family. He was a really nice person, I went to school with him and was always a cheerful person. He loved the computer world as I remember and was always willing to help if a person could not figure them out.

opal (Anonymous)

My prayers do go out to this young mans family. And I mean not disrespect. But I to would think no way this is suicide. If this was an attempted joint suicide, then why didn't the other person involved try to help save him? Who started the fire? The young man that died or the other person?

For once (Anonymous)

It was an attempted double suicide and like soooo many suicides at this age, it was a cry for help and his mind changed far too late to help. Now, This is not the place for this type of discussion, so please spare the tv-crime drama and let this pass.

smalltowner (An...

I will probably regret this post, but where did you people get your information about a double suicide? I have not heard this from anyone I would trust to know the facts and I saw nothing of this mentioned in any print anywhere. SO .......Where is this coming from??????????? Can't you people just let this family have some peace.Show alittle RESPECT or is that something you all have forgotten how to do.

how about (Anon...

if Norwalk Rejecter shows some respect, and disables this ...before the stupid $hit starts.

JEROMY (Anonymous)

I WORK AT WAL-MART I NOW JOE AND HIS MOM AND DAD OK AND THARS WAS KNOW ONE THAT CAME OUT OF THE WOODS I DON"T KNOW WEAR SOME OF YOU PEOPLE GET ALL OF THESE ROOMERS ARE SOME OF YOU SO BORD OUT OF YOUR MINDS THAT YOU GOT TO MAKE THEINGS UP GET A LIFE OK JUST GET A LIFE...R.I.P JOE MY FRIEND R.I.P WE WILL ALL MISS YOU AT WAL-MART

For Real (Anonymous)

Just another crisy critter! One less person in the world taking up air! Turn and burn this happens everyday! Get over it already!

Hey, show a lit...

I don't know these people, I at least have the respect not to call a deceased person a name. How big of a person are you? To pick on the dead, you must be a REAL big man to have to fight with the dead. Guess that makes you feel better because they can't fight back, well, I'm not dead yet, and I'll fight ya tooth and nail. Maybe you could be one less person taking up YOUR air. Give me a break, you are pityful, and God will get ya for that,I promise.

to get real (An...

Does it happen to your family everyday ? Thats the problem with this forum, people like you hide behind the cloak of anonymity.

smalltowner (An...

TO get real... You have so, obviously NEVER lost a Loved one to this kind of tragic death. It is a horrible thing to deal with and having to have sick a**holes like you make obscene comments just makes it worse for those left behind. I hope God will forgive you because I know that you truly are a deranged person to make a comment like that! This was a very quite and loving young man and I am deeply offended that you deem it necessary to be that DISRESPECTFUL to his memory and to the Family he left behind. You need to take your comments and yourself and go FAR..FAR...FAR AWAY from the public because we do not need your kind in our area!

ok reflector.. ...

time to shut this one down it is getting stupid and people are not showing respect for the dead and his family.

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