Investigators search homicide victim’s car, believe it was moved

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Investigators probing the stabbing death of Cindy Lou Ashton believe the killer may have moved her vehicle, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Friday.

Ashton’s 2017 Infiniti was found parked on Ketchum Street, nearly a block from 134 Nicholson St., where she was found in a bathroom with stab wounds to her neck just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

No one has been charged in the case.

A township police officer went to the four-unit apartment building to conduct a welfare check on Ashton. He was let inside the building through an unlocked community access area in the basement by Ashton’s uncle, Tracy McCoy.

McCoy allowed the officer to enter Apartment 4 where Ashton’s body was found.

An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross revealed Ashton died from multiple stab wounds.

Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman listed the the manner of Ashton’s death a homicide.

Investigators secured a third search warrant to inspect Ashton’s vehicle for physical evidence related to her death. Two other search warrants permitted investigators to search a LG smartphone and its contacts, emails, text messages, phone calls, videos and pictures. The phone was found on a bedroom dresser.

According to the third warrant, investigators found Ashton’s vehicle on Ketchum Street at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Ashton typically parked her vehicle behind the apartment building in a two-car garage that accesses Charles Street.

Investigators believe Ashton’s vehicle was moved sometime between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the third search warrant affidavit says.

Investigators suspect the killer may have been involved in moving the vehicle to Ketchum Street.


By Ed Lewis

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