Authorities hope reconstruction will identify Marion County woman


Authorities in Ohio have unveiled a facial reconstruction they hope will help identify a woman whose skeletal remains were found in 2007 and possibly determine if there could be a link to a suspect in several women's deaths.

Authorities released the facial reconstruction Wednesday. The remains were found in Marion.

Police arrested Shawn Grate last September after finding two bodies in an Ashland home where another woman said she'd been held captive. Grate was indicted on charges including murder in that case.

Grate told investigators he stabbed a woman who was selling magazines door to door and dumped her body in Marion around 2005.

The woman is believed to have been Caucasian and between 15 and 22 years old at the time of her death. She is estimated to have been between 5’3’’ and 5’9’’ and between 100 to 150 pounds.

Her teeth were all cared for and had no obvious dental work or fillings. No clothing, jewelry or other items were found with the remains.

It is unknown if the woman resided in Marion County or another part of the state or country.

If anyone sees a resemblance to a missing friend or relative is asked to contact Marion County Sheriff's Office Lt. Christy Utley at 740-382-8244 ext. 5120.

Grate hasn't been charged in connection with the Marion death.

Grate has been found competent to stand trial in connection with two deaths. He's expected to undergo evaluations as his attorneys pursue an insanity defense.