Accused Ohio serial killer gives sketch artist image of first victim

The female victim still has not been identified

sketch artists rendering of the first victim of accused Ohio serial killer Shawn Grate.

MARION, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio sheriff says a man linked to the killings of four women helped a sketch artist come up with a new image of his first victim, who still hasn’t been identified.

Authorities in Marion County released the sketch Monday.

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)

Shawn Grate has pleaded not guilty in two killings. Authorities say he confessed to killing two other women, including one around 2005 in Marion County.

Authorities there say Grate doesn’t remember that victim’s name.

The sheriff’s office says Grate told detectives a first sketch based on the woman’s skeleton didn’t look like her so he gave investigators a better description.

The sheriff says Grate told investigators his first victim was a woman who’d been selling magazines.

Grate’s attorneys haven’t returned messages seeking comment since his arrest.

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