Murder charge against Collingwood man following fiery crash in Craigleith

A body was found in the burned-out vehicle

The death of a woman in a fiery crash near Highway 26 in Craigleith is being treated as a homicide.

Provincial police say shortly before 6 a.m. last Thursday, an SUV travelling northbound on Arrowhead Road just south of Highway 26 left the road, continued down an embankment, came to a stop and caught fire. The body of a person was located in the vehicle and has been identified as 40-year-old Ashley Schwalm of Collingwood.

As a result of an investigation, OPP have charged a 38-year-old Collingwood man with:

  • second-degree murder
  • indignity to a dead body

The accused was held for a bail hearing on Friday.

The investigation by the Collingwood OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, is ongoing with the assistance of the Office of the Fire Marshal, Ontario Forensic Pathology Services, Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, OPP Forensic Identification Services, OPP Regional Support Team, OPP Technical Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists, and the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT).