Former Friend Charged in the Death of Missing Woman from Ohio, Who Was Found Inside a Vacant Home
19-year-old Blake Grewell is being charged with the murder of his 20-year-old friend, who was found dead inside a vacant home. Brianna Ratliff was first reported missing after saying she would go to a gas station and did not return home.
Brianna Ratliff went missing after letting loved ones know that she was going to a gas station on April 15. She was later found dead inside an abandoned home, and now, her friend is being charged for her death.
Ratliff was last seen at 7 PM in the Hall Park area of Coshocton, Ohio, where she was headed to a gas station. After she mysteriously vanished, a regional search was done to find her.
Unfortunately, the search was stopped after a search party member found a deceased woman inside a vacant home. The description of the woman matched Ratliff's.
A member of a non-profit victim advocacy group named Golden Hearts A Voice 4 the Voiceless and a cadaver dog found the body, and Coshocton County Coroner Douglas Virostko revealed that the woman "suffered a traumatic death."
.#BREAKING Coshocton Sheriff tells me 20 year-old Brianna Ratliff has been found deceased inside this vacant home on Chester Rd.— Ciara Lucas (@CiaraVLucas) April 19, 2021
Ratliff went missing Thursday evening. @wsyx6 @fox28columbus pic.twitter.com/sbVhHPTD2i
Despite the revelation, authorities have not revealed the specific details of how Ratliff passed away. However, they took 19-year-old Grewell into custody in connection to the murder.
A day after, he was formally charged with aggravated murder which is an unclassified felony. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond, but authorities stated that more charges could be filed after the Coshocton County Prosecutor's Office reviews the case.
This is Shelby, and her owner John!— Ciara Lucas (@CiaraVLucas) April 19, 2021
Shelby is a trained cadaver dog and helped in the search for 20 year-old Brianna Ratliff. Detectives found Ratliff deceased at a nearby home where Shelby picked up her scent. pic.twitter.com/IcZJPqtGk1
Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given asked the judge to place a large bond amount as the evidence against Grewell was strong. It included alleged confessions and statements from eyewitnesses, along with the murder weapon used by the 19-year-old. The prosecutor added that the woman was killed "with prior calculation."
A vigil was held on behalf of Ratcliff, led by her mother, Laurelanne Ratliff. According to the devastated mom, her daughter dreamt of opening an art gallery and pursuing a career in the animation industry.
Coshocton County deputies were at a house along Chestnut Street in Coshocton Monday morning. Investigators told 10TV the search for 20-year-old Brianna Ratliff led them to the house. https://t.co/FgExiDUtUu #10TV— 10TV (@10TV) April 19, 2021
She also revealed that her daughter knew the accused murderer since they were in middle school and have remained close through the years. Mrs. Ratcliff added that he considered him a good friend of hers. She revealed that her daughter would go anywhere with him if he asked.
"She didn't trust a whole lot of people, but Blake was one she trusted. She would go anywhere with him. If she wasn't messaging me, she was messaging him, and they talked."
UPDATE: The Coshocton County Sheriff's Office said 19-year-old Blake A. Grewell has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brianna Ratliff. https://t.co/VERDM3LQ0T— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) April 20, 2021
A couple of days prior, a pregnant woman named Dianna Brice was found dead. She was found almost a week after she disappeared, while her boyfriend, Justin Smith, remains missing.
In Idaho, an 8-year-old girl named Taryn Summers was found dead in a woman named Corinne Smith's property. The young woman was Smith's granddaughter, and it turned out she punished her after she defecated on the carpet of her home.
Several hundred people came out to honor 20-year-old found dead in a vacant house on Sunday https://t.co/s6RG4Pcn0W— Coshocton Tribune (@coshtribune) April 21, 2021
When they searched Smith's property, they found the body of Summers inside a black trash bag inside a vehicle. She was taken into custody and was charged with first-degree murder.
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