BCI seizes car, Grate's belongings during search, landlord says

MANSFIELD - Mansfield police and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation conducted a second search warrant Monday night at 132 W. Second St., where suspected serial killer Shawn Grate had lived for two years until June.

Ex-landlord Jim Cristman said BCI and police detectives took his Mark VIII Lincoln away on a flatbed tow truck Monday, but said they would return it soon.

Cristman had allowed Grate to use his two vehicles, the car and a truck, when Grate was his tenant , he said. The arrangement called for Grate to work off his rent, doing odd jobs for his then landlord. He later found out Grate had made an extra set of keys to his car.

Authorities removed everything of Grate's from the apartment Monday night, according to Cristman. "They took Shawn's three trunks and two plastic containers you put (shipped) golf clubs in," he said.

"It's still hard to fathom he's killed five women and I wonder how many more?" he said.

Cristman said he first met Grate through a friend who said Grate needed a place to stay.

"I told him I had an apartment and it was tore up from the previous tenant. He said he would fix it up. He never did," Grate said.

Cristman said he never required any of his tenants to fill out any kind of contract, or paperwork.

"You take people on their word and unfortunately it backfired. I'm not doing it anymore," he said.

Authorities also searched 32 N. Walnut St., Monday night, a vacant building that housed the Eclective Tempo as they were looking for evidence in the reopened investigation into the 2015 death of Rebekah Leicy. That search occurred after MPD detectives had interviewed Grate in the Ashland County Jail Monday afternoon.

Mansfield police Det. Sgt. Ken Carroll said Monday that Grate had formerly worked out of the building.

David James Kulig, 38, of Mansfield, owned the building and was the proprietor of the Eclectic Tempo, where he taught poetry, music, magic, art and pool. Kulig died of natural causes May 28, 2014 in his apartment above the shop, according to Richland County coroner's investigator Bob Ball. His parents, Jim and Jean Kulig, now own the building.

Grate is now suspected  of being tied to the killings of four other women in Ashland, Richland and Marion counties.

The body of Leicy, a Mansfield resident, was found in a wooded area in Ashland County off of County Road 1908 south of U.S. 30 in March 16, 2015.  Ashland County Coroner Dr. Dale Thomae said in June 2015 that Leicy's death was a result of drug overdose and there was no evidence of traumatic injuries.

Leicy's relatives have said Jan. 22, 2015 was the last time any family saw Leicy.

Grate's Facebook post that same date, stated, "Make moments such as this one of many with your friends in this life because one day they will help you to make it to tomorrow."


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