Anthony Pinkerton, the 36-year-old Elyria man who was found dead last night in the Metro Parks in an apparent suicide, had an arrest warrant issued for him yesterday on a rape charge.
He may have been dead for several days, however, because his car was recovered Saturday from a parking lot at the park.
Pinkerton is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl early Friday morning at a Logan Street home.
The victim told police that Pinkerton gave her and another girl vodka that they mixed with pop. The other girl threw up and then passed out in the living room, and the victim said she went to a bedroom to go to sleep about 1:30 or 2 a.m. Friday.
The victim said she was awakened because Pinkerton was on top of her in the bed and was raping her.
In the morning the victim told her friend, who told her aunt, who called police.
Metro Parks personnel found Pinkerton's vehicle parked in the Burr Oak parking lot Saturday. Elyria police who responded found a note on the seat from Pinkerton to his daughter that said "I will love you always."
According to a police report, Pinkerton's daughter knew about the alleged rape and had not spoken to him since.