Man last seen with missing Ashtabula teen arrested on other charges

Teenager's body discovered in Ashtabula, suspect arrested

ASHTABULA, Ohio -- The body of a young woman was found in Saybrook Township in Ashtabula County, in the same area from where a 13-year-old girl went missing.

The investigation led police to cross state lines over to Sharon, Pa. where police arrested 46-year-old registered sex offender, John Richard Bove, following a car chase and foot pursuit in Sharon.

Bove, who was allegedly the last person seen with 13-year-old Kara Zdanczewski, was driving a vehicle that fit the description police were looking for.

A vigil in Zdanczewski's honor has been planned for 7 p.m. Friday outside St. Joseph's Church on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula.

Ashtabula held a brief news conference early Friday morning with new details: 

Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith tells WFMJ that the vehicle "did come to a stop momentarily and then fled from the officers." The police chief added that the vehicle went approximately one city block and ended up on a side street off the freeway.

It is not clear yet if the body that was found is that of the missing teen, and no charges have been filed against Bove.

Bove is required to register as a sexually oriented offender because of 1990 rape conviction in New York, according to state records.

Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said the family contacted authorities to report the 13-year-old missing on Thursday morning, although police later learned that she went missing earlier.

“We had learned that she had been missing since late Tuesday evening, gone all day Wednesday, and then Thursday we were contacted,” said Stell.

Stell said the department immediately issued a “Be on the lookout” (BOLO) alert for the person the young girl was last scene with, while also determining whether an Amber Alert should be issued.

Police said there was an error during the initial attempt to issue an Amber Alert but, by the time authorities were issuing a correction, Bove had been taken into custody.

Stell said the hours immediately following knowledge that a young juvenile is missing are critical in helping to locate that child.

“Sometimes when you don’t receive a report until well after a day later, it’s tough,” he said.

Stell said an Amber Alert is most effective in the hours immediately following a child’s disappearance or knowledge that they may be in immediate danger.

WKYC's Amani Abraham filed a report during Channel 3 News at 6 on Friday with more information as to why an Amber Alert was not sent out.  You can watch her report below:

Remain with WKYC for updates as they become available. 

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