LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Two men were charged Thursday with stabbing a woman to death in a wildlife preserve and then setting her body on fire by dousing it with gasoline.
Adam Lynch, 21, of Reading, and Ryan Schannauer, 19, of Wyomissing, were charged Thursday with homicide, arson, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy in the death of Ashley Kline, whose body was found by hikers Sunday afternoon.
State police allege that the two picked Kline up from her Robesonia home Dec. 30 and drove to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Clay Township, Lancaster County.
The three got out of the vehicle, and “a struggle ensued as the three of them moved towards the woods,” police said in a statement Thursday. Kline, 23, was stabbed multiple times, doused with gasoline and set ablaze, police said.
Listed numbers for Lynch and Schannauer couldn’t be found Thursday and it was unclear whether they had attorneys.
Kline’s aunt, Penny Monteleone, said Schannauer’s mother and Kline’s mother had been best friends.
She said earlier that Kline left her father’s home saying she was going to a girlfriend’s house.
“It’s awful knowing what they did to her,” Monteleone told the (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era.