Body Found In Freezer

Man kept girlfriend's body in freezer then lived with woman who took over her life

Arturo Novoa, 31, and Katrina Layton, 34, were arrested by Youngstown police last weekend and being held on $1million bond each at the Mahoning County jail.

Sources tell NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV that Novoa allegedly told a friend his electricity was out and that he needed to store a freezer in his basement at the home in Campbell.

The homeowners allegedly had no idea there was a body inside inside the freezer until they became suspicious and eventually cut the padlock.

Layton and Novoa have been charged with the abuse of a corpse, which was discovered on Saturday in several bags inside the freezer by Novoa's landlord's wife.

Youngstown Police are still investigating, but they believe the woman died in Youngstown, not Campbell.

Graves was last seen in mid-February and missed her birthday, Easter and Father's Day, her sister said.




Youngstown Prosecutor Dana Lantz says Graves' former boyfriend was living in her apartment with another woman.

Layton told police she bought the freezer from a Walmart store in early July, and supplied the extension cord to plug it in at Novoa's building. Graves was then listed as a missing person on the Ohio Attorney General Mark DeWine's website.

"Basically, assumed her life and her belongings", Lantz said.

Police tape, pictured February 26, 2005 in Park City, Kansas, a man was charged with corpse abuse after hiding his girlfriend's body in a freezer. Debbie said investigators are pulling Graves' dental records to compare them to the body, which hasn't been identified yet.

The body was taken to the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office for forensic testing.

Official identification and cause of death are still to be determined.

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