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Police investigate body in freezer


Youngstown Police arrested Arturo Novoa, 31, and Katrina Layton, 34, over the weekend after a woman's corpse was discovered in a padlocked freezer in the basement of a Campbell home.

A man in Youngstown, Ohio moved into his girlfriends home after storing her body in a freezer, according to ABC affiliate News 5 Cleveland.

They are now being held in jail with their bond set at $1 million each.

Authorities suspect the female body is a missing woman named Shannon Graves who was last seen alive in February and was the girlfriend of Novoa. She is also in the Mahoning County Jail, charged with abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice.

At this point it's unclear whether the body is at all connected to the missing person case of Shannon Graves, a 28-year-old Youngstown woman who vanished in February of this year.

However, Graves left behind her auto and her dog, which made her family suspect foul play.




The alleged ruse was up when a friend became suspicious, discovered the remains and called authorities.

"Early this week, we'll hopefully be able to determine the cause of death and a positive identification", he said.

She said it was unlike her sister to be gone for so long without contacting them.

Layton reportedly moved into Graves' home with Novoa and essentially replaced the victim - driving her vehicle, using her cell phone and food card, even looking after her dog. She was listed as missing on the OH attorney general's website.

"She was the new girlfriend", Lantz told Buzzfeed. Debbie said investigators are pulling Graves' dental records to compare them to the body, which hasn't been identified yet.

Police were immediately alerted and recovered the frozen remains, kept in "more than one bag", according to the complaint.

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