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Murder victim's car found in North Carolina, Allentown man charged

Jim Thorpe murder case

JIM THORPE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said they've recovered a Schuylkill County murder victim's car.

Police said they have arrested an Allentown man in North Carolina for stealing the vehicle.

Police said Anthony Heath, 24, was stopped in North Carolina Sunday while driving 35-year-old Angela Steigerwalt's car.

State police launched a homicide investigation over the weekend, after Steigerwalt's burned body was discovered in a wooded area in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County.

Police said Heath, of Allentown, used Steigerwalt's credit card Saturday to purchase lighter fluid and a lighter at a Lehigh County Walmart.

A receipt for the items was located near her body.

According to Police, OnStar GPS tracking located Heath driving the victim's 2010 silver Buick Lacrosse in Kinston, North Carolina the following day.

Kinston Police took Heath into custody following a traffic stop.

Heath's neighbors on Chew Street said they recalled seeing a car that matched that description, and a woman that resembled Steigerwalt as recently as last week in the neighborhood.

Neighbors described Heath as a seemingly friendly man.

"Always seemed friendly," said Patricia Johnson, neighbor.

Family members are devastated by the loss.

"We are grieving, we are dealing with heartbreak," said Donald Serfass, Steigerwalt's uncle.

Donald Serfass described Steigerwalt as a devoted wife, a loving stepmother, and a thriving career woman.

"She had everything to live for," Serfass said. Steigerwalt had recently started a new job at Kraft Foods in Lehigh County, Serfass said.

Police said the Tamaqua woman was last seen working there on Friday.

Family members said they'll miss her vibrant spirit.

"The entire family will miss her smile, sense of humor, positive, upbeat attitude. She was a ray of sunshine," Serfass said.

Serfass said his niece was trusting, but cautious.

"She had a small town upbringing. She wasn't naive. She knew you had to be aware of the world out there," Serfass said.

It's unclear how or if Heath and Steigerwalt knew each other.

Heath is currently charged with theft. He is being held in North Carolina. The investigation is ongoing.

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