TALLMADGE, Ohio – The second victim found in a wooded area of Tallmadge was identified Tuesday as Peyton Ralston, 5.
He and his mother, Wendy Ralston, 31, were reported missing last week. Their bodies were found wrapped in bedding behind their home on Stone Creek Drive on Saturday.
The cause of death had not been determined at the time of this report.
During a news conference Tuesday morning, police said the amount of evidence was substantial and that it would take time to sort through it all.
No suspects have been named. Police have interviewed many people, including Ralston’s 39-year-old live-in boyfriend who is also Peyton’s father.
According to Lt. Ron Williams, the boyfriend has been cooperating.
Williams said the last time anyone heard from Ralston was in a July 23 Facebook post, but it was not uncommon for breaks in communication between the woman and her family. She was likely killed inside the house, Williams said.
Ralston’s vehicle and one that belonged to the live-in boyfriend were towed from the scene so they could be processed for evidence and to make room in the garage for a staging area for investigators.
Tallmadge police haven’t investigated a homicide in the city in at least eight years.
At least two officers have been patrolling the home since the double homicide came to light.
Police said they were called to Ralston’s home in the past because of domestic issues, but would not comment further about those incidents.
Ralston also has a 13-year-old daughter who is in the custody of a grandmother.
Tips on the case may be provided by calling (330) 475-7638.
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