Woman held captive calls 911, leading Ohio authorities to discover three bodies in two counties

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ASHLAND, Ohio — Authorities say a woman reported being held captive, leading to the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, a murder confession and the discovery of three bodies in two Ohio counties.

The woman who called 911 whispered to a dispatcher to “please hurry” and that she was scared.

The woman said in the call released by authorities Wednesday that she had been tied up in the house in Ashland in Ohio but partly freed herself to make the call while the man was asleep.

The woman said her captor had a stun gun and she was afraid if she woke him that he would catch her. The dispatcher stayed on the line until police arrived.

Ashland police said two bodies were found in the house after officers arrived. Police said Wednesday that one of the bodies was that of Stacey Stanley, who’d been reported missing from Huron County. The police statement says the coroner hasn’t determined her cause of death or identified the second body.

Authorities say the suspect in the abduction confessed to killing a woman at a house about 20 minutes away in June.

The suspect, 40-year-old Shawn Grate, remained jailed Wednesday on an abduction charge. Records from several Ohio counties show arrests and charges against Grate going back to 1996, including abduction, theft, domestic violence, burglary, assault and drug abuse.

The state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Grate served time for burglary beginning in 1997.

Third body found in woods

The Ohio fire marshal’s investigators returned to the home destroyed in a June blaze now that human remains have been found in nearby woods in connection with the abduction investigation.

Fire marshal spokeswoman Lindsey Burnworth says investigators were checking the property near Mansfield on Wednesday after decomposed remains were found behind it Tuesday.

Shawn Grate had pointed police to those remains after they found two bodies at the home in Ashland. Burnworth says that investigation is open and a cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

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