New sketch of Marion homicide victim released

(Marion County Sheriff;s Office)
(Marion County Sheriff;s Office)

MARION, OH (WCMH) — Authorities in Marion County have released a new sketch of an unidentified woman believed to have been killed by a suspected serial killer.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland murder suspect Shawn Grate admitted to killing a woman in Marion back in 2005.

Her skeletal remains were discovered in March 2007 about a mile from the home Grate grew up in.

Sheriff Tim Bailey says his investigators have met with Grate in jail to learn as much as they can about him. They are trying to identify the body of the woman he allegedly killed in Marion.

Detectives recently showed him a sketch of the woman that the sheriffs office released in 2007. Grate said the sketch did not look like the woman he has claimed responsibility for killing.

Authorities with the Marion County Sheriffs Office released the new sketch Monday afternoon.The Sheriff’s office previously said they would be working with Grate to create the sketch.

On September 22, the Ashland County Grand Jury handed a down a 23-count felony indictment against Grate.

The charges include two counts of aggravated murder, each one of which would be punishable either by life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty. Additional charges include kidnapping, rape, burglary and gross abuse of a corpse.

The Ashland County prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against the suspected serial killer.

In additional to the death penalty, the maximum prison sentence that could be given for conviction of all these crimes is 166 years.

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