Officials confirm body in freezer was missing Youngstown woman


YOUNGSTOWN — Investigators Wednesday confirmed that a body found in a freezer over the weekend in Campbell is that of a woman missing since Christmas.

Officials with the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office said the body found was Shannon Elizabeth Graves, who once lived on Mahoning Avenue. Relatives filed a missing persons report for her in June.

Detectives are still awaiting a cause of death.

Facing abuse of a corpse of charges in the case are Arturo Novoa, 31 and Katrina Layton , 34, both of Mahoning Avenue, who were living in Graves’ apartment.

Novoa was Graves’ boyfriend. The body was found Saturday after people in a Deavitt Avenue home in Campbell who were keeping the freezer for Novoa became suspicious because it was locked. When they discovered the remains inside they called police.

They are not suspects.

Novoa and Layton are both in the Mahoning County jail on $1 million bond following their arraignments Monday in municipal court.

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