Woman’s Body Burned; Charges Filed
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A coroner’s report has revealed more horrific details in the death of a 29-year-old Canton woman who was found naked and badly burned on a rural road.
Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak tells Fox 8 News that Celeste Fronsman’s death has been ruled a homicide. She had second, third and fourth degree burns to 70-80 percent of her body. An official cause of death will be released in the coming weeks.
A passing motorist on Sunday morning discovered Fronsman on State Route 208 and Steel Mill Road near Zanesville. She had been raped and was found with a strap around her neck.
Fronsman was flown by medical helicopter to Ohio State University Medical Center, where she died on Tuesday.
On Friday, Muskingum County Sheriff Matthew Lutz announced charges were filed against Katrina Marie Culberson, 20, of Canton.
The charges include aggravated murder (with a death specification), kidnapping and aggravated arson.
Culberson was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant in the Canton area on Wednesday.
She had been held in the Stark County jail since then and remained there as of 4:40 p.m. on Friday.
Lutz said Culberson and Fronsman knew each other, but would not give details of their relationship.
He also said there were other people of interest in the case that investigators are attempting to contact.
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office and Canton Police Department are assisting the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call (740) 452-3637, ext: 148.