Police now believe Duluth burning victim set herself on fire

She's in the hospital with burns to 85 percent of her body.
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Police in Duluth have given a surprising update in the case of Jaclyn Arnold, a local woman who was found severely burned along Highway 23 last week

In a Wednesday afternoon news release, the department said their investigation found that Arnold's injuries were "self-inflicted."

This is despite early reports that authorities were investigating the burning as a crime, and the woman's family telling WCCO that someone had doused Arnold "with an accelerant" in what seemed to be an attack. 

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old continues to fight for her life in a Twin Cities hospital, with "full thickness burns" covering most of her body, meaning both layers of her skin have been destroyed. Family members say she has dozens of surgeries ahead.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help Arnold pay for her medical expenses; it has so far earned more than double its $10,000 fundraising goal.

According to WDIO, police say they won't be releasing any more information about Arnold out of respect for her family. 

Background

On Thursday, Oct. 19, a driver on Highway 23 spotted a woman on the roadside covered in flames. The victim was right near the Lake Superior College Fire Training Center when she was discovered.

The good samaritan was able to put out the flames and contact authorities. 

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