Ohio victim of serial killer identified 12 years after body was found

The Columbus Dispatch | Dylan Sams

Twelve years after her bones were discovered, a Marion County woman who serial killer Shawn Grate admitted to killing has been identified.

The woman was identified as Dana Nicole Lowrey, 23, of Minden, Louisiana, said Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey during a news conference Tuesday. Lowery’s remains were found in Salt Rock Township in Marion County on March 10, 2007, and police said Grate killed her in May 2006…

Attorney General Dave Yost said during the news conference that the identification of Lowrey was an important step for the justice system and for closure, despite Grate already receiving a death sentence in Ashland County and life in prison for the two women he killed in Richland County.

“This guy is under the death penalty and is already in prison,” Yost said. “It is important that the justice system brings closure; the family needs final answers. The wounds and the grieving for the family and the community can only be healed after there [are] answers.”

Marion County Prosecutor Ray Grogan said his office is now evaluating the case from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for potential charges against Grate for the killing of Lowrey.

“I believe charges to be appropriate,” Grogan said.

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