CrimeOnline’s Nancy Grace stopped to speak with Ohio outlet WKBN about the Shannon Graves case, following her appearance at the Skeggs Lecture Series in Youngstown on Tuesday.
In 2017, authorities found Graves’ body in a freezer in Campbell, six months after her family reported her missing. Arturo Novoa, Graves’ ex, was arrested in connection with her death, along with Andrew Herrmann and Michelle Ihlenfeld. All three are behind bars, awaiting a June trial.
Grace took an interest in the case after learning about the details involved in Graves’ murder, including others who may have played an indirect role in the woman’s death. She explained to a WKBN reporter that although the case shocked her, she was just as disturbed with people who did nothing to help the victim.
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“I was sickened and stunned that he [Novoa] could get people to go along with what he was doing,” Grace explained to local outlet, WKBN. “I’ve prosecuted a lot of bad guys and women before. What I find equally disturbing is those people who stand on the side and do nothing. They don’t call the police, they don’t say anything. They just let it go, and I don’t understand where that comes from.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Graves, who dated and lived with Novoa in a Mahoning Avenue apartment, died at some point between February 24 and March 1. Novoa’s friend, Kenneth Eshenbaugh, said his wife found Graves’ remains in a padlocked freezer at their home after somehow opening it one evening while preparing dinner, hoping she could find some ground meat to go with her spaghetti.
Police indicated that Eshenbaugh is not a suspect and is fully cooperating with the investigation.
Grace plans to cover the case on Thursday’s episode of “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” airing on SiriusXM channel 111, starting at 12 p.m. EST, and around the country on local radio stations. You can also listen directly on CrimeOnline’s “Crime Podcast” or download daily podcasts at Apple Podcasts and Google Play.
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[Feature Photo: Shannon Graves/Handout]