October 21, 2014

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Coroner names man found in burned vehicle; death ruled suicide

BROWNHELM TWP. — Investigators have released the name of a man whose body was found in a burning vehicle Dec. 4.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said the man’s name was Jerry Gaydosh. Evans said the 38-year-old Amherst man’s death was ruled a suicide, and he died from his burns.

Gaydosh’s vehicle was found at 6:17 a.m. in Swift’s Hollow, a secluded area by Sperry and Gore Orphanage roads after a woman who lived near the ridge called 911 to report that her son saw a bright light around 2 or 3 a.m.

When investigators arrived, the vehicle was burned to a shell.

Identifying the body was difficult because of its condition, Evans said in December.

According to an Amherst police report, Lorain County sheriff’s deputies went to Gaydosh’s home, 916 Princeton Ave., after finding the vehicle, and they found two windows open and a strong smell of gasoline in the house. Two small dogs were found in a fenced-in backyard, and they were given to Gaydosh’s parents, Kathleen and Gerald Gaydosh.

Police wrote that Jerry Gaydosh owned two cats as well, but they were not found.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.