Burned corpse identified

By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com

FORT LORAMIE — The body of a man found last month in a burned car at Lake Loramie has been identified as that of Charles Sellner, 37, late of Sidney.

Dr. A. David McDonald, Shelby County coroner, told the Sidney Daily News Friday that the identification was based on DNA analysis.

“It was DNA testing compared to his parents,” McDonald said. A cause of death has yet to be determined. McDonald said investigators are looking at toxicology and carboxyhemoglobin, which the dictionary says is a compound formed in the blood when carbon monoxide occupies the positions on the hemoglobin molecule normally taken by oxygen, resulting in cellular oxygen starvation. However, carbon monoxide poisoning has not been named as the cause of death.

A park officer on Sunday, Nov. 15, found a car with Sellner’s body in it, the Daily News reported Nov. 20. The body had been burned beyond recognition, according to Eric Heis, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) public information officer in Columbus. The ODNR is in charge of the investigation.

The car, a Pontiac Grand Prix, was found at a park spoil site at the end of a gravel road near the terminus of Schmitmeyer-Baker Road, at 10:56 a.m., by a Department of Watercraft officer on routine patrol of the lake. A spoil site is used when the lake bottom is dredged. It’s where what has been dredged up gets dumped. The car had been registered to Sellner.

McDonald said it will take another two to three weeks to complete the investigation.


By Patricia Ann Speelman


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Reach the writer at 937-538-4824. Follow her on Twitter @PASpeelmanSDN.