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Coroner: Logan Mother Was Strangled


UPDATED: Thursday March 31, 2011 6:34 AM

A coroner announced on Wednesday that a 25-year-old woman who had been missing for a week was strangled to death.

One of three people charged with kidnapping Summer Inman provided information that led authorities to her body.  According to Logan police Chief Aaron Miller, Sandra Inman, who is in custody at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail, told investigators that Summer Inman's body had been placed in a septic system behind a church near U.S. Route 33 in Nelsonville.

Miller said that officers had to unscrew a cover to the septic system in order to reach the body on Tuesday night, 10TV News reported.

Investigators said it appeared Inman was killed soon after being kidnapped.

Authorities had been searching for the mother of three since March 22, when police said the mother of three was abducted from an alley behind the Logan bank that she was cleaning.

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Police allege that Inman's estranged husband, William A. Inman II, 26, and his parents, William A. Inman, 47, and Sandra Inman, 46, were responsible for her disappearance.  They were arrested at their Jackson County home last week and were charged with kidnapping.  All three were arraigned on kidnapping charges on Wednesday afternoon and ordered to be held on $1 million bond each. They have not been charged in Summer Inman's death.

Outside the courtroom, William A. Inman denied any involvement in his daughter-in-law's death.

"I didn't do a thing to Summer," he said.

Pastor King Kelly said up until a few years ago, William A. Inman was a member of the church where Summer's body was found, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett.

"Myself, and my entire congregation, we are all upset about it you know we all thought so much of the Inman family that it is really a shock to us all," Kelly said. "One day he just told me, he 'felt that he was called to preach' and was leaving."

He said it was where he and his wife, Sandra, were married.

The family was active in the church and William A. Inman even had a hand in expanding the church.

"That front room of the church he built it himself and we added on another back section on there and he along with his step-father and another contractor who goes to our church they just built the whole back of it," Kelly said.

The family moved to Florida but recently moved back. Kelly said the Inmans only attended church from time to time.

Investigators on Wednesday revealed they had searched an Akron home where the Inman family was temporarily living, 10TV's Josh Poland reported.

Akron police raided the home on Faye Road last week, and according to a search warrant, took guns, ammunition, a security officer's badge and walkie-talkies.

Neighbors said the Inmans began living in the house recently and were rarely seen outdoors. The Inmans were living in the home temporarily and making improvements to it for an acquaintance who was trying to sell it, Poland reported.

Summer and William A. Inman II were married in 2004 but the couple separated last year, 10TV News reported.  Since then, she was granted a civil protection order and filed for divorce.

In the documents, Summer Inman claimed that her husband "threatened to kill" her if she ever "took the children from him."  She also said her husband would take her car keys, wallet and cell phone to leave her "captive" in the couple's home.

She also spoke of her in-laws, saying that she knew they would "gang up on me and try to get me to just work things out."

A friend of Sandra Inman who asked not to be identified said she missed her daughter-in-law and was "very distraught" over the breakup of her son and Summer Inman. She said that if Sandra Inman had any role in the kidnapping, "she was forced."

Neighbors said Sandra and Summer Inman were rarely seen outside of the home, and when they were, they were both dressed entirely in black.  A close friend said it became clear to her "that the men had taken over the women" in the family. 

Those who knew them said William A. Inman considered himself a religious leader and conducted church services in an outbuilding at their home.

Neighbors said he would often go door-to-door, soliciting donations for what he called "Mercy Ranch," a plan to turn his home into a place for the wayward and homeless.

On Tuesday, investigators released new surveillance images that were taken at a car wash in Seven Hills, Ohio, south of Cleveland.

Police said that William Inman and his parents stopped at the Blu Sonic Car Wash at 7:30 a.m. the day after the kidnapping and were seen cleaning the interior of the car.

Investigators said William A. Inman was seen removing a police spotlight that was on the driver's side of the car and moving a temporary license plate from the front window to the rear bumper.

"It is apparent the Inmans are trying to significantly alter the appearance of the vehicle in case there were witnesses to any of their actions," the FBI said.

Investigators said that they have information that the Inmans may have stopped at two other car washes in the McConnelsville area after leaving Logan.

Investigators also believe they sold the tires on the car used in the kidnapping at a Cleveland-area scrapyard.

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Previous Stories:

March 30, 2011: Mother In-Law Led Police To Woman's Body
March 30, 2011: Body Of Missing Logan Woman Found In Church Septic System
March 29, 2011: Investigators May Have Located Missing Woman's Body
March 29, 2011:  Family Suspected In Logan Mom's Disappearance 'Controlling,' 'Scary'
March 28, 2011: Vigil Planned For Missing Logan Mom
March 27, 2011: Investigators, K9s Search 4 Counties For Missing Logan Mom
March 26, 2011: FBI: Missing Mom May Not Be Found Alive
March 25, 2011: Missing Woman's Husband, In-Laws Charged With Kidnapping
March 24, 2011: 3 Arrested In Kidnapping Of Logan Mom
March 24, 2011: Search Continues For Missing Logan Woman
March 23, 2011: Police: Woman Kidnapped Along Logan Street