Body Of Shannon Graves Found In Freezer, Suspect's New Girlfriend Moved In and Stole Her Identity

Katrina Layton began using Shannon Graves' credit card and cell phone, driving her car, and taking care of her dog.

August 02, 2017
By: Catherine Townsend
Related To:

YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Shannon Graves, 28, was last seen alive in February.

Shannon Graves

Shannon Graves

Two weeks after her disappearance, Graves' boyfriend, Arturo Novoa, 31, moved his new love interest, Katrina Layton, 34, into the home he had shared with Graves. Layton began using Graves' credit card and cell phone, driving her car, and taking care of her dog.

Novoa, claiming that his power was out, asked a friend to keep a padlocked freezer for him so its contents wouldn't spoil. After storing the freezer for a while, the friend eventually decided to unscrew the padlock and open it, hoping to borrow some meat to make dinner, and replace it later. Meat was found, but it turned out to be the dismembered remains of Shannon Graves, in several different bags.

Novoa and Layton were arrested over the weekend and have been jailed on corpse-abuse charges and had bond set at $1 million. Investigators said that they are still waiting on an official identification of the body and information to determine cause of death, and no murder charges can be filed until that time.

Next Up

300-Pound Woman Pleads Guilty To Fatally Smothering Her Boyfriend By Sitting On Him

Investigators say Windi Thomas attacked her boyfriend with a knife and beat him with a table leg before smothering him with her body.

5 Essential Facts You Need To Know About The Adnan Syed Case

From the Serial podcast to a new HBO documentary, Adnan Syed's role in the murder of Hae Min Lee continues to captivate with one question: “Is he guilty or innocent?”

In 2013, Kelsie Schelling Sent An Ultrasound Image To Her Boyfriend — Then Disappeared

Donthe Lucas is awaiting trial for his ex-girlfriend's alleged murder but, after six long years of searching, her body has never been found.

5 Eye-Opening Facts About Life Behind Bars For Jodi Arias

From prison tattoos to Ding Dongs to her lawyer blaming her for his cancer, here's what lockup is like for the notorious “Boyfriend Killer.”

Zookeeper "Joe Exotic" Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot Of An Animal-Rights Activist

In a gubernatorial campaign video, "Joe Exotic" says, "We all have to get along. Love and respect each other."

5 Essential Things To Know About The Sensational Jodi Arias Case

Inside the rise to infamy of the notorious “Boyfriend Killer.”

When Gerald 'Mike' Bullinger’s Secret Lives Intersected, The Result Was Deadly

Gerald Michael Bullinger seemed to be a loving, doting boyfriend who wanted his family to have it all. No one but Bullinger knew it was all a ruse. He was living a double life, and when he was finally exposed, everyone in his path was taken out.