‘The Ohio man kept up the deception by having his ‘side piece’ Katrina Layton, assume Shannon Graves’ life’
Arturo Novoa, ‘hid his girlfriend’s body in a freezer while living with another woman who assumed her identity’, for months
Shannon Graves, 28, was last seen in February and was reported missing in June in Youngstown, Ohio
Her boyfriend, Novoa, allegedly stored a body inside of a freezer that he stored at a friend’s home
Novoa, 31, moved in a new lover Katrina Layton, 34, to impersonate Graves and assume her life
The freezer was padlocked, and the friend who had no idea there was a body inside, became suspicious about the contents, discovered the remains inside before calling police
Police suspect the frozen body is Graves, as Novoa and Layton allegedly have been living in missing woman’s apt, using her car and credit cards
While awaiting official identification on the body and the cause of death, cops arrested Novoa and Layton over the weekend
The pair have been charged with abuse of corpse, held in Mahoning County jail on $1million bond each
Police said no one has been charged with murder yet because cause of death is yet to be established
Police say Shannon graves [left], is missing presumed murdered by Arturo Novoa [center], before he moved Katrina Layton [right] into the home. Novoa and Layton were arrested by Youngstown police. They are accused of storing Shannon Graves’ body in a freezer while Layton allegedly assumed the dead woman’s life
AnOhio man stored his girlfriend’s body in a freezer while another woman helped him and assumed the dead woman’s life by moving into her home, using her credit cards and caring for her dog, police say.
Arturo Novoa, 31, and Katrina Layton, 34, were arrested by Youngstown police last weekend and being held on $1million bond each at the Mahoning County jail.
They are each charged with abuse of corpse in relation to a body being found inside of a home in nearby Campbell.
Authorities suspect the female body belongs to Novoa’s girlfriend Shannon Graves.
29-year-old Graves as last seen alive in February.
Police are awaiting official identification and information on the cause of death.
Graves [left], has been missing since February. The Prosecutor said Novoa was living in her apt with Layton [right], who allegedly began driving Graves’ car, caring for her dog and using her cell phone
Youngstown Police Lt. Doug Bobovnik told WKBN they are investigating the case because they believe the body ‘originated in the city of Youngstown and was taken to Campbell.
Novoa allegedly told a friend his electricity was out and that he needed to store a freezer, that was bought by Layton, in his basement at the property located in Campbell, Ohio, WFMJ reported.
The friend apparently had no idea that there was a body inside. He became suspicious as months went by, about the contents of the freezer .He discovered the remains inside before calling police.
Graves, 29, was added to the Ohio Attorney General’s Missing Persons’ website earlier this month after concerns about her well-being since she missed her birthday, Easter, and Father’s Day.
‘Shannon’s friends called her Starr and descried her as having a heart of gold, an angel on earth, supportive, outgoing, thoughtful and fun,’ the missing woman’s sister, Debbie DePaul, said.
Graves, 29, was added to the Ohio Attorney General’s Missing Persons’ website earlier this month [above], after concerns about her well-being since she missed her birthday, Easter, and Father’s Day. Her sister said it’s unlike her to disappear without contacting anyone
‘Shannon has been missed and will always be missed. You can’t replace a spirit like hers. She is loved by so many.’
She said it was unlike her sister to be gone for so long without contacting them.
Youngstown Prosecutor Dana Lantz said Graves’ former boyfriend, Novoa, was living in her apartment with Layton who allegedly began driving Graves’ car, caring for her dog and using her cell phone.
‘The apartment on Mahoning Avenue, the lease is in the name of…what we believe to be the victim, Shannon Graves,’ Lantz told Magistrate Anthony Sertick on Monday.
‘(They) basically, assumed her life and her belongings.’
Bobovnik said no one has been charged with murder yet because there is still no cause of death.