Police believe body found in Ashtabula County is that of missing 13-year-old girl

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ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio —  Ashtabula city police believe the body found yesterday in a wooded area of Ashtabula County is that of a missing 13-year-old girl.

A suspect wanted for questioning in her disappearance has also been arrested in Pennsylvania. Authorities also say that the family knows the suspect.

The Fox 8 I-Team learned the girl was reported missing on Tuesday of this week. Sources tell us her body was found Thursday in a wooded area on Austinberg Road. That is in Saybrook Township in Ashtabula County.

John Richard Bove, of Ashtabula, was arrested in Sharon, Pa. He is in Mercer County Jail charged with felony fleeing and eluding, felony stolen vehicle and failing to register as a convicted sex offender.

After the 13-year-old was reported missing Tuesday, Ashtabula County asked Sharon police to be on the lookout for Bove as a person of interest in their missing person case.

Thursday, Sharon police spotted him, tried to pull him over but he took off on a high speed chase. Bove eventually ditched his car and ran off into the woods where he was eventually caught.

Police in Pennsylvania spent the night searching the woods for evidence.

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