MARION - The Marion County Sheriff's Office now has a better illustration of a woman they seek to identify as part of the Shawn Grate case, after a sketch artist met with Grate himself on Monday.
After being arrested in Ashland, Grate reportedly confessed to killing a woman in Marion County in 2005 but could not remember her full name. The woman's remains had been found in March 2007, and the case was a mystery until then.
While the Sheriff's Office had a forensic sketch based on the woman's skeleton, Grate said it didn't look completely accurate when detectives interviewed him. Because of that, Delaware County Sheriff's Office criminal analyst Brook Segaard met with Grate and Marion County investigators and then drew the new sketch that Sheriff Tim Bailey released Monday.
Most of what is known about the woman comes from Grate himself, who was interviewed by local investigators multiple times. Grate reportedly said she may have been named Dana or Diane and he thought she was 26 when she was killed, according to officials.
Sheriff Tim Bailey said she had been selling magazines in Marion County, and Grate's mother purchased a subscription from her but did not receive any copies. This angered Grate, and Bailey said he killed her out of revenge several months later. While Grate reportedly kept a driver's license or other state identification belonging to the woman for some time, he eventually disposed of it and it has not been recovered.
Bailey said on Monday that his office still hasn't received any credible information regarding the woman's identity since they announced her connection to Grate two weeks ago. They are working to see if any magazine companies can identify her as a former subscription seller, and hope someone who knew her will learn of the case through the media.
Identifying the woman is the "primary goal" of the Sheriff's Office investigation as Bailey said they are not in any rush to present charges against Grate, who is being held in Ashland County on a $1 million bond.