Erie County Sheriff's Office makes arrest in burned body case

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CASTALIA, OH (WTOL) - Just days after the 911 calls came in alerting authorities to a dead body outside Castalia, the Erie County Sheriff's Office has their sights on a suspect.

The burned body was found at the Resthaven Wildlife Area in Castalia on Monday.

Sheriff Terry Lyons says this investigation would be close to nowhere without the numerous credible tips his office received from the public.

"Based on the information we currently have, it appears she's been in the Erie County area for approximately 2 to 3 months."

The "she" Sheriff Lyons spoke about is Charlotte Evans.

"The preliminary report from the pathologist indicates Miss Evans suffered severe blunt force trauma to her head."

Sheriff's detectives believe 50 year-old Timothy Tyree of Sandusky is the culprit.

"It appears that Mr. Tyree and Miss Evans had cohabitated somewhat for the last two months."

Tyree is now in the custody of the Letcher County, Kentucky sheriff.

Tyree apparently fled to Kentucky where he will now remain until he is extradited back to Erie County.

"We're not going to discuss anything about motive at this time. It's really too premature," said Sheriff Lyons, adding "Our detectives are trying to interview Mr. Tyree."

Tyree has been indicted by an Erie County grand jury on several counts including murder and aggravated arson.

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