Written by Press Staff Writer
August 28, 2009
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.
On the evening of Thursday, August 27, the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office received several calls concerning the identity of the victim found at Lamberjack’s Marina in Carroll Township on Tuesday evening.
The callers saw pictures of the tattoos on the victim during local news broadcasts at 5 p.m. and recognized them as being those of a family member. Ottawa County detectives met with family members, including her mother and brother, in Toledo on Thursday evening. They positively identified the victim from photographs of the tattoos and surgical scars on the body.
The victim has been identified as Jennifer L. Snively, 26, of 1132 Earl Street, East Toledo.
Detectives have no information on where the victim may have been murdered or how or why the body was brought to Ottawa County. The case remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office, the Ottawa County Coroner, the Toledo Police Department and the Carroll Township Police Department. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.
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 body was found Aug. 25 shortly after 6 p.m. by two people who were riding personal watercraft near the marina, located at 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 Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, (419) 734-4404.