Police investigate Ashland murder suspect’s connection to two more homicides: I-Team

Shawn Grate

Shawn Grate

ASHLAND, Ohio– Authorities are investigating the possibility that Shawn Grate may be responsible for additional deaths, police sources told the FOX 8 I-Team on Saturday.

Grate, 40, is already charged with killing two women and kidnapping another. He is also the suspect in a third homicide.

Sources said law enforcement officers are looking into at least two additional cases. One dates back to 2007 in Marion and the other is a 2015 case out of Mansfield.

Mansfield police officials could not be reached to comment.

Grate was arrested Tuesday after police said a woman he was holding hostage was able to get his cell phone and call police.  When police arrived at the house in Ashland, they found the bodies of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith.

Stanley, 43, was last at a gas station just blocks from the scene. Both women had been reported missing.

Police said Grate led them to a site in Richland County, where they found the remains of a third victim. The body was located in a wooded area behind a charred house on state Route 430 in Mansfield. That person has not been identified.

Grate ‘s bond was set at $1 million during a hearing on Friday. He said little as he appeared via video and said the bond, “sounded fair.”

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