On Friday December 26th an anonymous caller contacted the Wayne County communication center and told dispatchers that a 35 year old woman was in the process of cooking methamphetamine in a residence located at 520 N. Honeytown Rd. The caller also stated that there were several small children in the home. While responding to this call deputies also learned that there was an active felony warrant for the woman that was issued out of Holmes County Common Pleas court.
Two Deputy’s and an agent from the MEDWAY drug enforcement agency responded to the home and made contact with the woman who was uncooperative and would not let them inside. Soon after the deputies made contact with the woman she barricaded herself in the home and deputies began the process of securing a search warrant for the residence.
During this time the deputies noticed a small fire in a bedroom area of the home and the Wooster township fire department responded to extinguish the blaze. While doing so, firefighters discovered the woman was now in a bathroom and she had no signs of life. Damage to the home was minimal and there were no other persons within the home.
Wayne County Coroner Dr. Amy Jolliff responded to the scene and provided assistance to the investigation and investigators discovered that the woman had several apparent self-inflicted stab wounds to her body. The body was transported to the Summit County Medical Examiners office where an autopsy will be performed.
Providing additional assistance in this case was the Ohio State Fire Marshals office and fire departments from Wooster twp., Wooster City, Central, New Pittsburgh and Apple Creek. The Ohio Highway patrol and Apple Creek police also provided traffic control.
The woman has been identified as Heather M. Manges of the above address. At this time the investigation into this matter continues.