Body Found in Freezer at Ohio Home

Arturo Novoa
Katrina Layton
Arturo Novoa Katrina Layton

02 August, 2017

Police have arrested two people after a body was found stuffed in a freezer at a home near Youngstown in northeastern Ohio.

Authorities were alerted to the find Saturday after Novoa allegedly asked a friend to keep a padlocked freezer after losing electricity at his home, according to the Vindicator.

A couple from OH were arrested Saturday after human remains were found in a freezer, authorities said. Another suspect, Katrina Layton, 34, was charged with abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice.

Graves, 28, 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. Evidence that supported this presumption included Novoa being caught using Graves' auto and Graves' cell phone being in possession of Novoa's new live-in girlfriend, Layton.

On Monday, Youngstown City Prosecutor Dana Lantz said that shortly after Graves disappeared in February, he moved Layton into their apartment. He became suspicious about the contents of the freezer and discovered the remains inside before calling police.

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Despite all of this, Graves' family members say they refuse to give up hope for their missing loved one.

Official identification and cause of death are still to be determined.

While the girlfriend swap was not a case of identity theft, Lantz said that Layton "basically took over [Graves'] place in Mr. Novoa's life". Debbie said investigators are pulling Graves' dental records to compare them to the body, which hasn't been identified yet.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office is still working to determine the identity of the woman in the freezer.

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