NEW LONDON - Stacey Stanley, Elizabeth Griffith and three other women are all possible victims of a serial killer. Shawn Grate’s confession has police in several counties looking at cold cases and seeing if new cases might be connected.
Meanwhile, investigators in New London are still sifting through a garage after bones were discovered there over the weekend. Police Chief Mike Marko says while he does not believe they are connected to Grate, the thought crossed his mind.
“It is hard to believe there are not others out there,” said Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey.
Bailey admitted this in a recent news conference after he says Grate confessed to killing a woman in 2005. In March 2007, a man found skeletal remains at a dumping site on Victory Road, and while investigators determined the victim was a woman in her 20s, it remains a Jane Doe case.
This lead other departments to look at old cold cases. The Mansfield Police Department also received information directly from Grate that triggered them to reopen Rebekah Leicy's case. Police found her body in Ashland County back in March 2015.
"Our questions at that time were obviously that she did not get there on her own,” said Mansfield Police Captain Shari Roberston.
Robertson says they have always had that concern.
"When you have 3, 4, 5 women come up missing and allegedly may have met their fate at the hands of one person it is concerning,” said Roberston. “Unfortunately, it has happened here this time it looks like."
Ross County looked into possible connections. The sheriff says there is not a link to these six women who went missing between May of 2014 to June of 2015. Patti Adkins' name also resurfaced. Grate could not be responsible since he was in prison when she disappeared. And in New London, police are still investigating the nearly 80 bones found inside a garage. Neighbors agree with the chief in town that it is not likely not related.