Celeste Fronsman was found by a passerby around 8.30am on Sunday who immediately called police after spotting the moaning woman.
‘I have a woman right here, she’s burned severely, she’s been raped and she’s been beat up,’ the man told the 911 operator.
She was rushed to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where she later died.
Local CBS affiliate WBNS reported that the investigation is still underway but police believe that there was a definite motive behind the attack.
‘This was not a random act,’ Muskinngum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said at a news conference addressing the case.
‘There was a vehicle that we were looking for that interested us. We found that last night in the Canton area. There are some people of interest to us that we are currently looking for.’
The names of the potential suspects or the make of their car have not been publicly released.
Police records received by MailOnline show that Ms Fronsman had an extensive criminal history, including a rap sheet with 25 arrests over the past nine years.
Since 2003, she was arrested for a plethora of crimes including prostitution, drug possession and five counts of domestic violence.