A Columbus man was arrested and charged with two felonies related to the burned body of a woman found Oct. 14 in Burbank Park.

Mohamed Abdullahi, 27, of Gainsborough Court in Columbus is being held in the Franklin County jail and awaiting possible indictment after being charged with abuse of a corpse and arson in the death of 23-year-old Bobbie Renee Simpson, whose body was found inside a container that had been set afire in a ravine in the park.

Upper Arlington police wouldn’t say how Abdullahi became a suspect in the case, but a news release issued Oct. 22 stated he was a person of interest in Simpson’s death when he was arrested early Monday for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

According to an affidavit from Upper Arlington police Detective Jason Amweg that was filed with Franklin County Municipal Court, Abdullahi was stopped by an Upper Arlington patrol officer at 1:22 a.m. Oct. 22 while driving a 2013 Volkswagen Passat south on Kenny Road, just south of McCoy Road.

The affidavit said an officer observed Abdullahi’s vehicle cross the center line twice while driving on Kenny and then go left of center while turning from Kenny onto West North Broadway.

Upon stopping his vehicle, the officer reported noticing a strong odor of alcohol coming from Abdullahi.

The affidavit stated Abdullahi was convicted of OVI three previous times from June 2016 to April 2017.

“When he was brought back to our building, investigators realized he was a person of interest” in the Simpson case, Upper Arlington police officer Bryan McKean said.

McKean wouldn’t say how Abdullahi and Simpson might have known each other or if there are other suspects in Simpson’s death or burning.

“We’re not going to comment on that,” McKean said. “The investigation is still ongoing.” 

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