Upper Arlington police have identified the woman whose body was found near a Burbank Park walking trail over the weekend.
According to a police press release issued at 5:19 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, saying the body found in Burbank Park on Sunday, Oct. 14 was that of 23-year-old Bobbie Renee Simpson, no address provided.
According to police, Simpson’s body was found near a walking trail. The Upper Arlington Division of Fire initially responded to a report of a grass fire at the park.
Police department officials wouldn’t discuss any details of the incident Monday afternoon
Before Simpson was identified, police officer Bryan McKean said her body was found in the fire. He said he was "not at liberty to discuss" where Simpson lived.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called in to assist with the case. Upper Arlington police also issued a bulletin asking if the public had any information about a missing Caucasian woman between the ages of 18 and 30.
Noting the the investigation is just starting, McKean stopped short of calling Simpson a victim, referring to her rather as the “individual” found in the park.
“Because the investigation is still in its infancy, we’re just not ready to classify her,” McKean said. “The death is still listed as suspicious.”
McKean wouldn’t say if the woman had been reported missing before her body was found in the park. He also wouldn’t say if there were any suspects in the case.
“I think asking questions about a suspect at this time is premature,” he said.
A UAPD press release stated Simpson’s body has been transferred to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office so an autopsy can be conducted to determine the cause of death.
“Police are requesting the public’s assistance in this case,” the release stated. “If anyone knew Ms. Simpson, saw her recently, or has any information they feel is relevant to this investigation, please contact the Upper Arlington Police Division at (614) 583-5160.”