Hundreds gather for vigil after bodies found in Ashland

The bodies of Stacey Stanley and another unidentified woman were found in a home in Ashland

Hundreds gather for a vigil in Ashland, Ohio after two bodies were found inside a house where a woman was able to escape from her captor.

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) – The uncle of one of three women found dead in Ohio says he believes his niece died for a reason.

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday evening in Ashland for the victims, including Stacey Stanley.

The Mansfield News Journal reports Stanley’s uncle told the crowd that his niece’s disappearance led family members searching for her toward a house in Ashland, where another woman was being held captive.

Family members say they believe their search efforts led Shawn Grate to doze off after a sleepless night, allowing the woman to call 911.

The bodies of Stanley and another unidentified woman were found in the home. Grate later led authorities to a third body.

Grate is faces murder charges. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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