January 31, 2012
LIMA — Investigators weren't saying much about the circumstances surrounding a Lima woman who was found dead in her home Friday morning. The woman's death has, however, been ruled a homicide.Lt. Jim Baker, of the Lima Police Department, said the preliminary results of an autopsy on Teresa Burge, 43, found she died as a result of strangulation. Police officers were called to 1119 Holmes Ave. shortly before 9 a.m. Friday. Officers arrived, received no answer at the door and forced entry into the house.“We're not going to go into the details of the crime scene at this point,” Baker said.Baker did say that Burge's live-in boyfriend, Raymond Collins, 51, is the lone suspect in her death. Collins was being held in the Allen County Jail on suspicion of murder, Baker said.Investigators were still looking into whether there were witnesses in the area who may have seen or heard any kind of argument or commotion at the house. Police officials have not elaborated on who called authorities leading to the discovery of the body.“The investigation is still in its early stages,” Baker said. “At this point, there's a lot of work left to be done.”A search of online court records finds that Collins doesn't have a history of violence. According to Lima Municipal Court records, Collins has faced a series of failure to reinstate an operator's license, intoxication, operating a vehicle under the influence and driving under suspension charges in the past.Baker said he could not comment on whether drugs or alcohol played a role in Burge's death other than to say it was under investigation.“We're still investigating all of that,” Baker said.Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Leland at 419-221-5297 or the on-duty supervisor at 419-221-5263.You can comment on this story online at www.limaohio.com.