Uncle: Search for woman found dead helped saved another

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

Shawn Grate is charged with abducting a woman in Ashland after police rescued her and found three bodies.
This photo provided by Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn M. Grate. Grate, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio in connection to the investigation of a rescued abductee and the discovery of the remains of two people in the home where he was arrested. (Ashland County Sheriff Office /The Times Gazette via AP)

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) – The uncle of one of three women found dead in Ohio says he believes her disappearance helped save another woman.

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

The Mansfield News Journal reports Stanley’s uncle told the crowd her disappearance led relatives searching for her toward an Ashland house, where another woman was held captive. Relatives say they believe their search efforts led suspect Shawn Grate to doze off after a sleepless night, allowing the surviving woman to call 911.

Authorities found the bodies of Stanley and another unidentified woman at the home. Grate directed authorities to a third body.

He’s charged with murder and kidnapping. Court records list no attorney for Grate, who’s scheduled for a bond hearing Friday.

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