Family: Victim Feared Estranged Wife
WINDHAM VILLAGE, Ohio — A man and woman are suspected in the murder of a 37-year-old Portage County man, who was found dead inside his home on Thanksgiving.
According to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, detectives were called to assist the Windham Police Department around 4 p.m. Thursday, after the body of Blake Wolfe was discovered inside his West Center Street home.
Investigators processed the scene and determined that foul play was involved.
Friday morning, Wolfe’s estranged wife, 40-year-old Traci Wolfe, and 42-year-old Thomas W. Walters, were arrested and charged with aggravated murder.
Sheriff’s officials say Traci Wolfe voluntarily came to the station, but wouldn’t say if she had confessed.
Both suspects are being held in the Portage County Jail without bond until their arraignments on Monday afternoon at the Ravenna Courthouse.
Officials did not release details about how Wolfe died.
An autopsy will be performed on Friday by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Traci and Blake Wolfe were in the process of getting divorced. Authorities say police had been called to the couple’s residence in the past for domestic disputes.
The victim’s grandfather, James Roth, says his grandson was scared of his estranged wife.
“Yeah, he was afraid of (Traci),” Roth said Friday afternoon as he stood in front of the home where Wolfe lived for the past six years. “He’d even bolt the garage doors. She would come late at night when she knew I was asleep. She would come and pound on all the doors.”
Wolfe lived in a building that is in front of his grandfather’s home. Wolfe was a welder, and had two young children from a previous marriage. His passion was race cars and he would often work on them with his children by his side.
“They loved just spending time with their dad,” Roth said.
Blake and Traci Wolfe were married for about two years, and she left the home about two months ago.