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Campbell frozen body suspects jailed without bond

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Two suspects are in custody in connection with a body found in a freezer at a Campbell home on Saturday. 

Youngstown police arrested Arturo Novoa, 31, on a warrant for abuse of a corpse Saturday night. 

On Sunday, Katrina Layton, 34, was also arrested and may also be charged with abuse of a corpse, as well as obstructing justice. 

Youngstown police said it is too early to tell how the person, who is possibly a woman, died, but they do believe the crime happened in Youngstown and later the freezer was moved to a home in Campbell.

Youngstown police also said they are investigating whether this case is related to a missing person case they are handling. The police department has a few BOLO's out for missing persons.  BOLO stands for Be On The Look Out." The sister told 21 News Novoa was dating Graves, 28, when she went missing.  

Arturo Novoa had claimed to friends that Shannon Graves moved and left him for another man, however, she left her car and her dog behind and that didn't make sense to family or friends. Graves also missed her sister's birthday and was a no show on Easter. She was listed as a Missing Person on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

Novoa's on again and off again girlfriend is the other suspect arrested. Sources say Katrina Layton bought the freezer that contained the body. A friend who did not want to be identified told 21 News Layton had no idea there was a body in the freezer.

Mid-July Novoa allegedly told a friend that his electricity was out and that he needed to store a freezer in his basement at the home in Campbell.  The friend had no idea there was a body inside since the freezer had been padlocked.
Novoa has spent time in the state penitentiary, then was convicted for having a gun when not allowed, due to his prior felony conviction. Police were questioning another potential suspect. Both Arturo Novoa and Kartina Layton are expected to be charged formally in court Monday.

A family members of Graves told 21 News they are not giving up hope.  

"Shannon's friends called her Starr and descried her as having a heart of gold, an angel on earth, supportive, outgoing, thoughtful and fun. Shannon has been missed and will always be missed. You can't replace a spirit like hers. She is loved by so many," stated Debbie DePaul, Graves sister. 

According to our print partner, The Vindicator, Novoa and Layton are scheduled to appear in Youngstown Municipal Court on Monday July 31st. 

This story is developing. Check back in with 21 News for updates. 

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