Man admits to killing mother, putting body in sewer, authorities say

A Toledo man is charged with murdering his mother and setting her body on fire, according to court records.
Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 6:11 PM CDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG/Gray News) - Authorities in Ohio say a man is facing a murder charge in the death of his mother.

WTVG reports that 31-year-old Travis J. Lewton is accused of choking his mother in a deadly attack after she returned home from work.

According to court records, Lewton admitted to taking his mother’s body down to a ravine behind the house, stuffing it in a sewer pipe and setting the body on fire.

The 31-year-old told police that he had been thinking about killing his mother for about a week, according to court documents.

Officers with the Toledo Police Department said they received a call on Saturday morning regarding a missing person.

According to authorities, police responded to a home in the 1000 block of Wildwood Road, about 10 minutes from downtown Toledo, and found a burned area behind the home’s garage.

Detectives with the department said they found Nancy Lewton dead in the wooded area behind the house.

Lewton has been charged with premeditated aggravated murder, authorities said. He is being held on $1 million bond.

Ray and Cynthia Wagner told WTVG they have lived on the block for years.

“We’ve known Travis Since he was in high school, and he had trouble back then, like a lot of kids, but maybe a little bit more,” Ray Wagner said. “And it just followed him as he grew up.”

The neighbors said this isn’t the first time Lewton was violent with his mother. They said he’d forced his way into the family home before and had multiple run-ins with the law.

“Travis has struggled since he was a young man,” Cynthia Wagner said. “I think the fact that, as Ray said, it’s a quiet neighborhood just highlights that mental health issues are universal. We need more community resources, we need help. It doesn’t matter, nobody is immune. A mother’s love just doesn’t end. No matter what your son’s mental illness is, and I’m sorry that it ended this way.”