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Family: Threatening memento left for Springfield Twp. murder victim

The mother of Johnny Clarke says his grave marker was stolen and a disturbing memento was put in its place.

OTTAWA HILLS, OH (WTOL) - The mother of Johnny Clarke says his grave marker was stolen and a disturbing memento was put in its place.

Clarke was brutally murdered in Springfield Township along with his girlfriend Lisa Straub.

He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Ottawa Hills. Clarke's mother, Maytee Vazquez-Clarke,says she found an angel statue with a rope of beads around the angel's neck. She believes it was a symbolic message.

"Because of the way him and Lisa passed," she said. "They had bags over their heads, and they were bound around their necks."

The beaded rope is now in the hands of police for further investigation. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call CrimeStopper at 419-255-1111. A $16,000 reward is being offered.