ASHLAND, OH — Investigators are trying to identify a mystery woman whom they believe was a victim of alleged serial killer Shawn Grate.
Grate, who is currently on trial for the murder of two Ashland, Ohio, women has confessed to killing another woman around the year 2005.
After his 2016 arrest for the murders of Stacy Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith, Grate told investigators he murdered the woman in Marion but cannot remember her name, ABC 6 reported.
He said that after killing her, he dumped her body along Victory Road. The woman’s body was discovered in 2007. Since then, investigators have been trying to identify her. Law enforcement has nicknamed the unidentified Jane Doe “Vicky” after the road where she was found.
Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said that testing commissioned by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has given detectives new clues to work with. Facial reconstruction artist Samantha Molnar, who completed a model of what the woman might look like in 2017, pushed for isotope testing.
This method can reportedly detect regional differences in food and water consumed by the victim. Based on the testing, detectives now believe the unidentified woman may have been from Texas or Florida.
Investigators have reportedly pulled 15 photos from databases of missing women and plan to show them to Grate when his current trial is over.
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Main photo: Facial reconstruction of unidentified woman who police may have been a victim of Shawn Grate [Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation]