No ID yet for slain woman despite tips, Ohio suspect’s info

Shawn Grate, via Ashland County Sheriff's Office
Shawn Grate, via Ashland County Sheriff's Office

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Investigators trying to identify the alleged first victim of an Ohio man linked to four killings say they’ve received some tips in the month since he told them about her, but they still don’t know the woman’s name.

Marion County sheriff’s Lt. Christy Utley says 10 to 15 tips came in, including that it might be a woman missing in Canada or one from California. Those didn’t match.

Authorities say jailed suspect Shawn Grate confessed to killing two women, including one around 2005 in Marion County. Investigators say Grate told them the magazine seller in her mid-20s was his first victim but doesn’t remember her name.

The body was found in 2007.

Grate has pleaded not guilty in two other killings. His attorneys haven’t returned calls. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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