HURON - The body of accused killer David "Jody' L. Kromer was found this afternoon inside a cottage near this city.
Kromer, 56, apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Kromer was being sought in the kidnapping and murder of his ex-live-in girlfriend, Carla P. Westhofen, 58, formerly of Huron.
About 12:40 p.m. today, the manager at Wildwaves Motel on Cleveland Road East called Erie County's sheriff's deputies to report a strong odor of natural gas coming from a motel room at the Firefly Beach Resort.
Upon arrival, deputies found Kromer dead inside a cottage he had rented.