Man is caught hiding dead girlfriend’s body in freezer


In Youngstown, Ohio, a man kept his girlfriend’s dead body in a freezer with the help of another woman.

Arturo Novoa, 31, and Katrina Layton, 34, were arrested and charged with corpse abuse after the girlfriend’s body was found last weekend in a home near Youngstown. On Monday, a judge set a $1 million bond on both suspects.

Detectives suspect the body found in the freezer is a missing woman named Shannon Graves, who was 28 when she was reported missing. They’re awaiting official identification and information on the cause of death.


Graves had been missing for months, according to a missing person’s report filed by her family in June. Her sister told reporters that Graves’ friends last saw her in February.

Youngstown prosecutor Dana Lantz stated that around the time police believe Graves vanished, Layton moved in with Novoa and assumed Graves’ life by using her car, phone and credit cards and taking care of her dog.

Novoa told a friend his power was off and asked if he could store the freezer at his house. The friend agreed and Novoa brought the padlocked freezer over.

After a week of it being locked, the man became suspicious and managed to break open the freezer where he discovered the remains inside and called the police.

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