By David Boroff: An Ohio man was arrested at a house where two bodies were found after a woman called 911 to say she was being held captive.
The woman said she had been tied up at the Ashland home, but partly freed herself to make the call while the suspect, Shawn Grate, was asleep in the same room.
“I’ve been abducted,” the woman said softly during Tuesday’s call, released the following day by authorities and obtained by ABC News. “Please hurry.”
The woman said Grate had a stun gun and she was afraid to wake him. She had known him for about a month and a half, she told the dispatcher.
In addition to finding the woman and Grate in the home that was supposed to be unoccupied, authorities also discovered the remains of two other people, Ashland Police Chief David Marcelli said.
One of the bodies was that of 43-year-old Stacey Stanley, who had been reported missing from Huron County. Stanley’s son said she had been missing since Sept. 8.
In addition, the 40-year-old Grate led investigators to a third person’s remains at a property near Mansfield in neighboring Richland County. Authorities found decomposed remains down a ravine in a wooded area behind a house.
Grate confessed he had killed a woman in June at a house that was destroyed by a fire that month, the Mansfield News Journal reported. Grate, who authorities believe is homeless, has a long criminal record and served time on a burglary charge beginning in 1997.