This is simply unbelievable and abhorring. But the story also shows that criminals, however smart, cunning and ruthless, are finally apprehended and brought to justice. It may take time, but the long arms of law will never leave them untouched forever. And when the law catches up, nothing can save such people from facing the consequences of the crimes they committed.
But despite everything, this story is so abhorring and so painful that it doesn’t look like being committed by a man. It seems to be handiwork of a demon with no heart.
A woman who was identified as Shannon Graves had gone missing in June. Despite frantic search for the woman, she remained untraced. Now when the truth is coming out, according to police, her boyfriend stashed her carcass in a freezer and put the freezer in his landlady’s home.
It was apparently a gut feeling of the landlady who got suspicious after seeing the massive sized freezer locked, that led the police to arrest the man and his new girlfriend.
Reports suggest that Arturo Novoa who lives in Youngstown, Ohio helped his new girlfriend, Katrina Layton, use Shannon Graves’ mobile numbers and every other thing. An AP report says that she tried to take the identity of Graves, though not using her name. The new woman in Arturo Novoa’s life moved into his apartment last month.
Now both of them have been charged with crimes that may keep both of them behind bars for the rest of their lives. They have been charged with the abuse of a corpse, which was discovered on Saturday in several bags inside the freezer by Novoa’s landlord’s wife.
Officials claim that though Shannon Graves was reported missing on June 22, her family or colleagues claim that they didn’t see her since February this year. Till now Cuyahoga County medical examiner has not yet confirmed the corpse’s identity and cause of death, the prosecutor’s office said.
Dana Lantz, the prosecutor was quoted by Associated Press as saying, “Basically, Miss Layton moved in with Mr. Novoa and started living her life…She didn’t hold herself out to be Shannon, she just lived her life, using her phone, caring for her dog.”