Sheriff: Victim Found Naked and Burned Dies From Injuries

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- The Muskingum County Sheriff tells Fox 8 News that the victim of a brutal attack, that left her badly burned, has died.

Sheriff Matthew Lutz tells Fox 8 News that at 2:22 p.m., the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Columbus University Hospital alerting them that Celeste E. Fronsman had passed away.

Fronsman, 29, of Canton, was found Sunday, naked and badly burned along State Route 208 and Steel Mill Road at around 8:30 a.m.

According to Lutz, Fronsman had been raped and was suffering from fourth degree burns all over her body.

Fronsman was flown by medical helicopter to Ohio State University Medical Center, where she died on Tuesday.

Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) processed a crime scene near a wooded area and collected evidence.

Lutz says investigators are looking for "people of interest," believed to be in Stark County. A vehicle of interest has been impounded in Canton for processing, but no one has been arrested.

The crime was not a random act, according to Lutz. He believes the suspects knew their victim.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office and Canton Police Department are assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Muskingum Sheriff's Office at (740) 452-3637, ext: 148.