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Cause of death undetermined

Published February 07. 2014 05:01PM

As Angela Steigerwalt's family grieves, the man accused of stealing her car sits in Lenoir County Jail in Kinston, N.C.

Anthony Darrell Heath was arrested driving the car in Kinston a little after 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, less than 24 hours after the Tamaqua woman's bound, charred body was found by firefighters putting out a brush fire along Flagstaff Road in Jim Thorpe Saturday morning.

The arrest came quickly after police in Pennsylvania alerted their Kinston counterparts that Heath was driving a stolen car belonging to Steigerwalt.

Heath, who turned 25 on Wednesday, was jailed under $75,000 bond.

Within hours, as Pennsylvania State Police began extradition proceedings, authorities revoked the bond, meaning Heath will stay in jail until he is returned to the commonwealth.

Heath, of Allentown, has a brother, Bobby Heath, who lives at Camp LeJeune, N.C., about 60 miles south of Kinston, according to Kinston court documents. It's unclear whether that's where he was headed when police stopped him.

Pennsylvania police saw surveillance video from an Allentown Wal-Mart, where Heath had used Steigerwalt's credit card at 5:44 a.m. Feb. 1 to buy a large plastic tote, lighter fluid and a lighter.

Steigerwalt's body was discovered at shortly after 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, almost 11 hours after she finished her 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift at Kraft Foods, Allentown. Police found wire around her neck and believe her legs had also been bound with wire.

Carbon County coroner Bruce Nalesnik said that Steigerwalt's autopsy was done at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, but that further testing must be done. He expects to be able to announce a cause and manner of death early next week.

Steigerwalt and Heath had been Facebook friends.

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin's executive aide Debbie Garlicki early Friday declined comment when asked if that office was involved in the matter.

A memorial service for Steigerwalt, 35, of Union Street, Tamaqua, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, 2066 W. Penn Pike, Route 309, New Ringgold, with the Rev. Michael A. Frost officiating.

Calling hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Contributions in her name may be made to the Hillside S.P.C.A., Pottsville, Pa. 17901.

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