December 22, 2014

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Firefighters find body in burning car near Gore Orphanage, Sperry roads

BROWNHELM TWP. — Firefighters extinguishing a car fire Tuesday morning found the remains of a body inside.

The car was at Gore Orphanage and Sperry roads in an area known as Swift’s Hollow, and the fire was reported by an unknown caller at 6:17 a.m.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said foul play is not suspected, although the incident remains under investigation.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski said his staff is working to identify the body and notify the victim’s family. More details will be released once that is accomplished, he said.

Residents on Sperry Road said they saw police and fire vehicles in the area but not the burning car.

Albert Adkins, a resident who lives on Sperry near Gore Orphanage, said he saw a burnt spot Tuesday afternoon on the roadway near the bridge by the Vermilion River. Adkins’ wife, Janis Adkins, said residents have been talking about the incident after several reports on Facebook.

“A few years back, somebody did commit suicide down there, but I can’t understand how somebody could burn up in their car like that in an accident,” she said.