Charge: Man hid girlfriend in freezer, lived with impostor

Ohio homeowners opened up their freezer to find the nightmarish cause of a “terrible smell”

A woman's body was found last weekend at a home in Campbell, east OH, and is thought to be that of missing woman Shannon Graves, 28.

Arturo Novoa, 31, and Katrina Layton, 34, both appeared before a judge Monday and had bonds set at $1 million each, according to Reuters.

The body was found last weekend at a Campbell home, near Youngstown.

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.

Graves once dated and lived with Novoa, who claimed that she left him for another man.

'Shannon's friends called her Starr and descried her as having a heart of gold, an angel on earth, supportive, outgoing, thoughtful and fun, ' Graves sister, Debbie DePaul, told WFMJ.

The 28-year-old woman was last seen in mid-February and was added to the Ohio Attorney General's Missing Persons' website earlier this month after concerns about her well-being.

He claimed to friends that Graves had left him for another man, leaving behind her auto and dog, WFMJ reported.

Layton, who soon after became Novoa's live-in girlfriend, "started living the life of the victim", Youngstown City Prosecutor Dana Lantz told BuzzFeed News.

While the girlfriend swap was not a case of identity theft, Lantz said that Layton "basically took over [Graves'] place in Mr. Novoa's life". Becoming suspicious about its contents, the friend opened the fridge and discovered the remains inside. So far investigators have not identified the body.

According to police, Layton bought the fridge where the body was placed.

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

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office is still working to determine the identity of the woman in the freezer.

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