An autopsy on the body of a woman found in Lake Erie near Oak Harbor has determined the cause of death but law enforcement officials Thursday said they weren’t disclosing how she died until the investigation has proceeded further.
The autopsy also confirmed the victim was dead before being placed in the water. Investigators had estimated the body had been in the water for less than two weeks.
The victim is a white female and believed to be under 30 with long brown hair in a pony tail and brown eyes. Her height is 5-7 and her weight is 122 pounds.
Several more tattoos were discovered on her body during the autopsy, including a second five point star with a sun burst design found on her left front shoulder. An identical tattoo is on her right shoulder.
Another tattoo, a red rose with green leaves, is on the right side of her neck and a tattoo of a red and black ladybug is on the top of her right foot. On her left calf is a tattoo of a red and yellow heart with a banner and a red rose with a long stem and green leaves is on her upper right arm. The name “Tonio” in cursive writing is on her left arm above the wrist.
The victim also had a navel piercing with a small chain containing five flower designs.
The body was found Aug. 25 shortly after 6 p.m. by two people who were riding personal watercraft at Lamberjacks Marina, W. Locust Point Road.
The Carroll Township Police Department was alerted. Officers then contacted the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.
Divers from the sheriff’s department underwater response team recovered the body, which was found in three or four feet of water and weighted down with two cement blocks.
The victim’s arms were bound behind her back and her feet were tied together.
She was found wearing only a white tank top and bra.
Anyone with information about the case should call the sheriff’s department, (419) 734-4404.