$7,000 reward offered after man found dead in cargo hold of burned SUV in Akron

AKRON, Ohio - The family of a man found inside a burned SUV is offering a $5,000 reward for information that solves how he died or leads to possible suspects.

Summit County Crimestoppers is also offering up to $2,000 for information in the mysterious death of Rob Workman of Canal Fulton.

Workman's body was found March 29 in the cargo hold of his Jeep near the intersection of Stoner Street and Yukon Avenue on Akron's west side.

Police have labeled the death "suspicious" and believe Workman died before someone torched the vehicle.

Workman's mother, Jean Dietz, of New Franklin, is left with painful, unanswered questions.

"How did Rob die? Why was his body disposed of in such a way that he had to be set on fire and moved to a different location?" Dietz said.

Dietz, 51, said Workman was a great son who worked in the heating and cooling field for 10 years and enjoyed science and history.

She wonders if someone murdered her oldest son. If not, crimes were likely still committed -- arson and abuse of a corpse.

"They took away giving the family the opportunity to see Rob one last time. Due to the condition of his body, we were not able to view him at all."

After reviewing toxicology results, Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler ruled the cause of death was "undetermined."

"We're concerned, but we don't have enough information to clarify the circumstances and take it beyond undetermined," Kohler said.

Dietz acknowledged her son struggled with heroin use and Dr. Kohler said drugs, including heroin, were found in Workman's system.

"The medical examiner did not rule the death was from an overdose, so we can only go by what the medical examiner is telling us," Dietz explained.

She's hoping the large reward will motivate someone to come clean with the truth.

"If you have any information, ease your conscious, share it with police so we can find out what happened... We want to know what happened to our son."

Anyone with information is urged to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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