Vigil held for woman whose body was found on fire in Burbank Park

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On a cold night, sister and mother search for answers to the unthinkable.

“I just don’t know why he burned her. I don’t know why,” said Carol Simpson, mother of 23-year-old Bobbi Simpson. 

While seeking support through the unimaginable, Skylar Speakman urged others to remember her sister.

“Please keep her alive in your heart. Please catch this monster. It’s all I want,” Speakman said.

A vigil to remember Simpson was held for friends and family to share stories about her and make a plea to the public and law enforcement. The vigil was held not far from where a woman walking her dog at Upper Arlington’s Burbank park found the Simpson’s body last weekend.

“If we could catch him before it happens again we should do that. Another mother shouldn’t or another family shouldn’t go through this,” said Carol Simpson.

Earlier, the Franklin County Coroner’s office released a portion of their investigative file, including crime scene photos, a narrative of the scene and a preliminary report in advance of an autopsy.

Of a handful of new pieces of information, Upper Arlington Police requested the media not release all but one new detail, citing sensitivity for Simpson’s family and the integrity of the investigation.

NBC 4 can report that a witness told police a dark-colored van was seen at Burbank Park about 30-minutes before Simpson’s body was found.

Anyone with information about Simpson’s whereabouts prior to the discovery of her body or about her death is asked to call the police. 

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