Woman describes how she got away from Ashland Co. murder suspect

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ASHLAND — Shawn Grate is now possibly linked to the deaths of five central Ohio women.

A woman who spent time with Grate inside the house where two bodies were uncovered told 10TV she believes she was there during the time he was hiding her friend’s dead body.

"I'm really concerned. That could have been me in the house,” said Tracy Young.

Young was a friend of victim Elizabeth Griffith, one of the two people found inside the home last week.

Young said she had met Grate at a party and exchanged numbers with him. Several days later he invited her over and she described meeting him behind the Ashland house he was living in.

She spent several minutes inside the house, but had a feeling she needed to leave.

Young said Grate began offering her pills. She said she knew she needed to not only decline, but run.

"Intuition. Cause something didn't feel right at that time. I was like I've gotta go,” said Young.

Wednesday she said she felt relieved that she was safe, and she calls for justice for the women who are not.

"He needs to get punished like he did to these women. Everything he did to them, they need to do to him,” said Young.

Grate's next court appearance is set for September 29 at the Ashland County Courthouse.

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