Accused serial killer, Shawn Grate may be tied to a fifth murder. Officers for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department announced they were looking at a 5th body whom they believe was the suspect’s first kill on Sept. 17, 2016.
On Sept. 19, authorities announced they were investigating the fifth body in the Mansfield, Ohio area. Officials had discovered the deceased woman on an earlier undisclosed date. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (CBI) are attempting to locate the site where the homicide took place. Sources claim the woman was killed in March 2015; Rebekah Leicy.
According to CBS News affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio, during Grate’s arrest, on Sept. 13, 2016, he confessed to a third murder. The accused serial killer led them to the body, which was buried in the wooded area behind his home in Ashland, Ohio.
The Marion County Sheriff’s department believe she may be a woman discovered on March 10, 2007. She has not yet been identified. If tied to Grate, she would be the fourth victim of the serial killer.
Police disclosed that after seeing a sketch, the suspect admitted killing a woman in Marion County. Grate told police that he murdered her after he discovered she was delivering magazines and newspapers to his neighbors. She did not make any deliveries to the serial killer’s home.
Grate was arraigned on Sept. 14, 2016. He was held on a $1 million bond and charged with one count of kidnapping and two counts of murder. During the hearing on Sept. 19, the accused serial killer pled not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial. The grand jury will be convened and Grate will return to court on Sept. 29.
The Marion County Sheriff stated he believes the accused serial killer will be connected to other homicides.
This is an ongoing story and updates will be provided as they become available.
Written by Cathy Milne
CBS News: 5th body possibly connected to Shawn Grate being investigated
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