Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ohio: Woman Murdered By Abusive Husband And His Parents

Logan police say the body of Summer Inman was found Tuesday, hidden in an underground septic tank behind a small rural church.

Investigators located 25-year-old Summer's body just off U.S. 33 at about 8:15 p.m., according to Logan police.

The body was found intact and hidden in the septic system behind a small church less than a mile from the Hocking County line.

Logan police Chief Aaron Miller said the Hocking County coroner later would release the cause of death but it appears Summer was killed quickly after she was abducted Tuesday, March 22.

PHOTO TIME LINE: Disappearance of Summer Inman

Tarps, police vehicles and fire trucks surrounded the scene near Wayne National Forest overnight Wednesday as agents, officers and deputies combed the area for evidence.

Police said Summer's state ID was found with her body.

The Hocking County prosecutor said authorities negotiated with one of the three suspects in the kidnapping to obtain the location of Summer's body.

Police said 46-year-old Sandra Inman asked to speak with her attorney Monday and then provided her attorney with information on the location of Summer's body.

Sandra, her son 26-year-old William A. Inman Jr. and her husband 47-year-old William A. Inman Sr. were arrested on kidnapping charges on the evening of Thursday, March 24, in Jackson County.

The younger Inman is Summer's estranged husband. The elder Inman and Sandra are Summer's father-in-law and mother-in-law.

Eyewitness accounts indicated two males forced Summer into a vehicle outside Century National Bank in the area of Hunter and Market streets in Logan at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

Police said they were not sure for how long or whether the abduction was pre-planned.

According to police, the younger Inman told authorities Wednesday, March 23, that he was in the Cleveland area with his parents at the time of Summer's kidnapping.

Investigators said they determined his alibi was false and a search warrant was executed. Police said significant evidence was found during the search and led to the arrest warrants.

Miller said evidence indicated all three suspects participated in the abduction, but he could not say if all three participated in the murder.

Police said the Inmans, excluding Summer, might have been members of the church where the body was found.

Details were released Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29, about the alleged actions of the Inmans the morning after Summer's abduction.

Logan police said the trio first stopped at a car wash south of Cleveland and that surveillance footage shows the Inmans cleaning the interior and making changes to the appearance of their vehicle.

Investigators said the Inmans may have stopped at two separate car washes in the McConnelsville area prior to their arrival at the Cleveland-area car wash.

Police said three people believed to be the suspects also stopped at an auto shop in Cleveland between 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Police said the elder Inman sold the tires that were on the vehicle, bought new tires and switched them on site before leaving.

Summer filed for a divorce from the younger Inman in June 2010. According to the divorce filing, the younger Inman threatened to kill her if she were to leave with the children. Summer also said in the complaint her husband would hide her car keys and cell phone and hold her captive inside their home.

The younger Inman and his parents were transported to Southeastern Regional Jail and booked Friday. They are being held without bond.

The suspects are scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Hocking County common pleas court.

The prosecutor said additional charges may not be filed until the grand jury convenes in late April.

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JMC Ministries Response

Written By: Miranda Caverley

From the day that Summer went missing in Logan Ohio we have been watching and praying that she would be found safe. But today we find out just how inhuman these people who were her husband and in-laws really were. They killed this poor woman for wanting a better life for herself and her children. A life away from the abuse, fear, and torment that they put her through. A life where her children would not be exposed to the horrors of domestic violence.

So because Summer wanted this new life away from her abuser, her husband and in-laws kidnapped her and murdered her, and then threw her body in a septic tank behind a church! For them to throw her into a tank of human feces clearly shows just how they viewed her as a human being. She was just a pile of human feces to them and so that is where they put her.

Domestic Violence is so rampid in our area of Ohio. I myself am a victim of domestic violence, what these people did to Summer is what my Ex-husband threatened to do to me. His very words 10 years ago were, "if you try to leave I will kill you and bury you body in Hocking Hills and no one will find you" Hocking hills is in Hocking County where Summer was abducted. So reading her story was like reading my own in a way. Only my story had a different outcome. I did get away and my Ex husband did not kill me and only by the Grace of God am I alive today.

Many times today I have asked God, "why would you save me and not her (Summer)?" My mind cannot fathom why God saves one and not the other, but God is God and I am not. And I must lean on his all knowing Wisdom that he will use this woman's death for Good and Evil will be destroyed through the death of this innocent woman.

For every woman and man that is murdered by her/his abuser, remember there are hundreds still living in the bondage of abuse and have not yet been set free. We must pray for these women, men and children who suffer daily at the hands of their abusers that God will deliver them from their bondage, and bring them out of the prison they have been placed in.

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