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Orrville police arrest suspect wanted for fatally stabbing 39-year-old girlfriend

After searching several hours for Shaun Ross, police captured him at around 10:30 a.m.

ORRVILLE, Ohio — The Orrville Police Department reports that officers have captured 42-year-old Shaun Ross, wanted in connection with the death of 39-year-old Jessica Duprey.

Police say officers responded to the 200 block of Chateau Circle around 3 a.m. Tuesday “for a report of an unconscious female with lacerations to her neck.”

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The woman, identified as Duprey, was dead by the time authorities arrived.

“The victim’s mother, who resides at the same address and was present during the incident, informed the officers that the victim’s boyfriend, Shaun Ross, had been involved in a physical altercation with the victim and subsequently fled the scene in the victim’s 2012 red Chevy Traverse,” Orrville police said in a release.

Police also say that officers recovered a bloody knife at the scene, which is believed to be the murder weapon. The victim’s vehicle was later found in the 300 block of Sassafras Street.

“A K9 unit conducted a thorough search of the area near the residence where the vehicle was found, but Ross was not located,” police added.

After several hours of searching, police received a tip from a resident on Church Road, situated between SR 57 and Kansas Road, reporting a male individual who matched the description of Ross, walking down his driveway. 

Orrville police officers, working with guidance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Aerial Unit, quickly arrived in the area and Ross was apprehended at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Ross was taken from the scene to the Orrville Police Department, where he later confessed to investigators. He is currently in custody and will be transferred to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office to face charges related to the murder of Jessica Duprey.


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