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Ohio: ex-girlfriend found in freezer, but in remains


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Updated on February 11th, 2018


A recent shocking case came in when an Ohio man stored the remains of his former girlfriend in a freezer. According to the police, he did this after his new girlfriend started living with him. A criminal complaint was filed against him in court on Tuesday.

The police said that Arturo Novoa’s former girlfriend, Shannon Graves, was reported missing on June 22. Her colleagues and family said that they last saw her in February.

However, the complaint also included that Katrina Layton began using the telephone of Shannon, drove her car and caring for a dog. All this started happening after Katrina moved in last month with Novoa in Youngstown, Ohio.

It is on Saturday that Novoa’s landlord’s wife discovered several bags inside the freezer filled with the remains of his ex-girlfriend. Both of them have been charged with the abuse of a corpse.


The police report said that Novoa asked his landlord if he could move the freezer down to the landlord’s basement as his electricity had been shut off and he did not want the meat to get spoiled. But as the freezer was padlocked, the landlord’s wife became suspicious and decided to break in.

However, the Cuyahoga County medical examiner has not yet confirmed the corpse’s identity and cause of death.

The prosecutor, Dana Lantz, told that Miss Layton moved in with Mr Novoa and started living her life.

The couple is in jail and is still to be appointed lawyers, Lantz said. They are next due in court on Monday and could face additional charges once the identity of the body is confirmed.


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