PERRY TOWNSHIP - Police Chief Mike Emigh said Ardes Bauman, 60, of Salem, is the woman whose burned remains were located on West Pine Lake Road just off Egypt Road Monday morning.
Emigh said he was advised by the Columbiana County Coroner's office at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday that identification was made through dental records. A blue Dodge van, found near her remains, was registered in her name.
Emigh said the death is suspicious and remains under investigation.
While on routine patrol, Perry Township police located an unoccupied blue van and the burned remains of a Salem woman on this spot on West Pine Lake Road, just off Egypt Road Monday morning. Police Chief Mike Emigh said the death is suspicious and remains under investigation. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
Salem police said Bauman was being investigated by the Columbiana County Jobs and Family Services after an incident report on Oct. 13.
Police responded to the 500 block of W. School St. for a report of an elderly resident who appeared to be malnourished.
An a out-of-town family member summoned an ambulance after discovering the woman, Bauman's mother, was not being properly cared for and she was taken to the hospital.
No arrest was made or charges filed and Columbiana County Prosecutor Bob Herron said it "was certainly not a matter scheduled for the grand jury."
Salem Police Chief Bob Floor said the report was referred to family services.
"I don't know if they made a preliminary check. We were waiting to see if it went anywhere."
Any action the police took depended on what family services came back with, he said.
The state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the state fire marshals office, the Columbiana County Sheriff and the Columbiana County Coroner's office are all assisting in the investigation.
Columbiana County Coroner's investigator Brian Fullum said the remains will be autopsied with the results taking from four to six months to return.
While on routine patrol on Egypt Road, Perry Township Police Sgt. George Mlinarcik observed the unoccupied van on a closed-off portion of West Pine Lake Road at 9:33 a.m. Monday and investigated.
The road dead ends at Egypt Road but runs north to Reed's Hill with a steel bridge crossing a creek which is referred to as "Crybaby Bridge" in Ohio urban legends.
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