Woman Says She's Being Held Captive, Cops Find 3 Bodies

Suspect is in custody as authorities investigate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 14, 2016 4:44 PM CDT
Woman Says She's Being Held Captive, Cops Find 3 Bodies
Ashland Police Department and Ohio BCI execute a search warrant on a home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio. Authorities say a woman reported being held captive, leading to the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, a murder confession and the discovery of three bodies. Two bodies were found Tuesday...   (Tom E. Puskar)

A woman's report that she was being held captive in a home led to the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, a murder confession, and the discovery of the remains of three other people, Ohio authorities said. Suspect Shawn Grate remained jailed Wednesday on an abduction charge as authorities identified one of the bodies and continued working to identify the other remains and collect evidence, the AP reports. Ashland police said officers following up on the captive woman's report Tuesday found her and Grate at a home that was supposed to be unoccupied. Investigators also found the remains of two people at the home, Chief David Marcelli said. Police confirmed Wednesday that one of the bodies was that of Stacey Stanley, who'd been missing since Thursday and was last seen at an Ashland gas station when she got a flat tire.

The coroner hasn't determined Stanley's cause of death or identified the second body, police said. Grate, 40, also pointed investigators to a third person's remains at a property in neighboring Richland County, police said. Grate confessed that he'd killed a woman in June at a house that was destroyed by fire that month, Richland County Prosecutor Bambi Couch Page told the Mansfield News Journal. Authorities checked the Mansfield-area site Tuesday and found decomposed remains down a ravine in a wooded area behind the house. The remains weren't immediately identified, but authorities had a lead on the woman's identity, Couch Page said. (Read more murder stories.)

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