Bodies of two missing Ottawa teens found
Third teen in custody informed investigators location of bodies
Friday, May 10, 2013 5:56 AM
By Alex Woodring
Brothers Blaine Romes, 14, (left) and Blake Romes, 17, (right)were thought missing. Investigators later found their bodies alongside a county road just outside Ottawa.
OTTAWA - The bodies of two of the three teen boys thought to be kidnapped from an Ottawa trailer park Thursday morning were located. Investigators found the bodies after the third teen, who was discovered in Columbus Thursday afternoon after a statewide Amber Alert was issued, told officials their location.Thursday 5 a.m. Blaine Romes, 14, failed to arrive on time for his class trip to Washington D.C. Thirty minutes later, his mother, Shellie Grothaus, arrived to her El Crest Trailer Park home at 1350 North Perry St Lot 61 to what Lt. Josh Strick described as a "crime scene." Later reports are indicating the possiblity of blood at the scene.
Upon her arrival, missing were her two sons, Blaine and Blake Romes,17, as well as Michael Aaron Fay, 17. All three juveniles were residents of 1350 North Perry St Lot 61. Also missing was Grothaus's silver 2006 Chevy HHR.
At 11:21 a.m. an Amber Alert was officially issued for the three teenagers. Hours later, reports came in that the Chevy HHR had been found in Columbus as well as one of the missing juveniles. It was later confirmed that that the juvenile found with the HHR was Fay. Fay had stopped at a Columbus gas station to inquire about directions. Shortly after, Fay was taken into custody by the Columbus Police Department to be held until Ottawa Police could arrive.
Approximately 3 p.m. the Amber Alert was canceled even though there were still two missing juveniles.
"There are no apparent signs of abduction at this point," said Putnam County Sheriff Michael Chandler when question about the alert cancellation at 4 p.m. press conference. "What we have right now are two missing boys."
Following the press conference, Grothaus entered the Sheriff's office to discuss the investigation with officers while other family members waited outside in hopes for more information. Chandler expressed his regret he did not have any more information.
"At this time anything else we say would be speculation," said Chandler.
Shortly after, investigators questioned Fay in regards to the two missing brothers.
"On today's date, May 9, 2013 at 5:20 p.m., investigators stated the 17-year-old male that was located in the vehicle in Columbus, Ohio gave the location of the bodies of the previous missing juveniles," said Lieutenant Josh Strick in a press release that was issued at 8:11 p.m. The 17-year-old was later confirmed as Fay.
According to Strick, multiple agencies assisted that Ottawa PD and located the two bodies. Multiple news outlets have reported that the bodies were found alongside a county road.
Putnam County's Assistant Coroner, Dr. Mandy Klass has ordered autopsies to determine cause of deaths.
At this time it is unconfirmed as to cause of death, motive and who the guilty party is and no other information is available.
"All parties in this tragic incident are juveniles so no other information has been released," said Strick. "At this time the investigation is ongoing."