Body on fire near Ohio church prompts homicide investigation

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Police say a body found on fire near an Ohio church is believed to be that of a man in his 60s.

The body was found ablaze Saturday night in downtown Zanesville. The Zanesville Times Recorder reports police are investigating the death as a homicide. Police Capt. Doug Merry says some officers thought they recognized the body as being a homeless man from the area.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a passerby spotted the fire, discovered it was a burning body and called police shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police released no information about whether there were any other injuries to the body other than burns. An autopsy was planned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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