CLEVELAND (AP) - A multi-jurisdictional task force will investigate the abduction and slaying of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their burned-out car, the state attorney general’s office said Friday.
A coroner confirmed that the bodies found Thursday in the burned car in Bakersville in Coshocton County were those of Doyle Chumney, 88, and his wife, Lillian Chumney, 79.
The Chumneys were abducted from their Tuscarawas County home between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, officials said. They were reported missing Wednesday after they failed to pick up a son in Massillon to take him to an airport.
One of the couple’s daughters went to their home in Strasburg and found it ransacked and their car missing. The couple last talked with the son on Tuesday night, authorities said.
Their car was discovered around noon Thursday by a motorist in Bakersville, about 20 miles from their home.
Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell, of the Tuscarawas County sheriff’s office, said Friday it appears an accelerant was used to set the car on fire. The bodies were found in the front passenger compartment, he said.
“We know they were abducted,” Campbell said, adding that there was evidence of foul play inside the home.
Authorities have not identified any suspects in the abduction.
The task force is made up of county prosecutors and sheriff’s offices, Strasburg police and the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
A timeline is being developed to determine who else might have had contact with the couple, Campbell said.
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