Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says a Canton woman was found nude and severely burned with a rope around her neck on Sunday by a passing motorist on a road in a rural, heavily wooded area northeast of Zanesville.
Lutz says the 29-year-old woman is hospitalized in critical condition in Columbus after being raped, beaten and burned. Lutz says investigators have found the crime scene and have identified several "people of interest" in the case.
(Lutz: This was a very grusome thing. Can't imagine the pain that this lady went through. When you see something this brutal you always I guess put a little extra effort into finding out what happened to this lady.)