Marion County body connected to Shawn Grate

Shawn Grate, via Ashland County Sheriff's Office
Shawn Grate, via Ashland County Sheriff's Office

MARION, OH (WCMH) — Calling him a serial killer, Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said there could be other bodies out there connected to a man who admitted to killing a woman in Marion County.

Shawn Grate age 40, is charged in two Ashland County murders and is being investigated in two others in Richland County.

Marion County investigators say Grate told them he murdered a woman more than a decade ago, brought her body to Victory Road and disposed of her in the woods. He said he came back later and burned her body to try and hide DNA evidence.

Investigators examined those remains in 2007 when a man looking for cans discovered her.

Now referred to as Jane Doe, with just her skeletal remains; No clothes or other ID have been found.

“It is hard to believe that there aren’t others out there,” Sheriff Bailey said.

Since 1999 Barry Shepard has lives in Grandview Estates, the neighborhood  where Grate one lived and just a short distance from where Jane Doe’s skeletal remains were found.

“I would like to find out who  she is, so she can be given a proper name and burial,” Shepard said.

The woman was murdered in either 2003 or 2005 according to what Grate told investigators.

Grate has yet to be charged for this murder, Sheriff Bailey said right now his first priority is to identify the victim. He said although there were no new tips about the woman called into the sheriff’s office so far, he has investigators comparing notes with other county law enforcement.

Officials with the City of Marion said they have around 30 missing persons. Bailey said they recovered  dental evidence and have DNA from the skeletal remains which will be entered into missing persons database.

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