Paulding County Police find car linked to murder investigation

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): Paulding County (Ohio) Police found a car early Wednesday morning they say is “very important” in a murder investigation.

The car belonged to 44-year-old Wilma Schwartz, whose body was found by a construction worker Monday morning at an abandoned home in Antwerp, Ohio.


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The red Pontiac Sunfire was located in a parking lot of a business near U.S. 224 and S.R. 3 in Huntington County.

“It took just 3 hours for a citizen who had seen the evening news to report to their local law enforcement,” said Sheriff Jason K. Landers.

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The Fort Wayne Police Department listed Shwartz as a missing person on March 9. An autopsy will be performed, but the News-Sentinel reports that it could be weeks before Schwartz’s cause of death is determined.

Police are investigating her death as a homicide and anyone with information should call the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department at 419-399-3791.

This is the second murder Paulding County Police are investigating since February. Hannah Fischer’s body was found on Feb. 9. Police say 47-year-old Frank Tracy Jr. is a suspect and investigators are still searching for him.

A body was found Tuesday night in a cemetery in Cecil, Ohio. Police haven’t said if it’s a homicide investigation but the coroner believes the body had been in the cemetery for several weeks.

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