ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in central Ohio say a homeless man who was killed and then set on fire died of blunt force trauma, and it’s under investigation as a homicide.
A 911 caller alerted emergency responders about the burning body Saturday night in downtown Zanesville. They found the man on fire outside a side entrance to a Presbyterian church where police say the homeless often sleep on the porch.
There was no immediate word on any suspect in the death or a potential motive. Police identified the victim as a 62-year-old homeless man but haven’t released his name.
Locals who said they believed they knew the victim told reporters he was a good man and said that as far as they knew, he looked out for others and didn’t cause trouble.