Man hid girlfriend in freezer, lived with impostor

This WKBN interview with Youngstown Lt. Doug Bobovnik illuminates the circuitous path to his police department's jurisdiction (police believe the freezer "originated" in Youngstown before ending up in the couple's Campbell home).

Youngstown police arrested 31-year-old Arturo Novoa on Saturday (29 July) on a warrant for abuse of a corpse.

Bond for Novoa and his alleged accomplice, 34-year-old Katrina Layton has been set at $1 million. Campbell PD notified us because we had several BOLOs out on some missing females and we're going to follow up on the information related to them. Both suspects are being held in the Mahoning County jail.

31-year-old Arturo Novoa reportedly told a friend his power was off and asked if he could store the freezer at his house.

After they noticed the "terrible smell" coming from the freezer, Novoa's friends alerted the police.

Youngstown prosecutor Dana Lantz said Ms Graves's former boyfriend was living in her apartment with another woman who assumed her life.

"Shannon's friends called her "Starr" and descried her as having a heart of gold, an angel on earth, supportive, outgoing, thoughtful and fun".

Graves' sister, Debbie DePaul, told WFMJ that Graves was dating Novoa, one of the suspects, at the time she disappeared.

'Shannon has been missed and will always be missed. Detectives are pulling Graves' dental records to compare them to the body, her sister said.

Bobovnik said no one has been charged with murder yet because there is still no cause of death.

Vanessa Coleman

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