A Paulding County, Ohio, man is charged with two counts of murder after a couple were found dead in a barn on their property, police said.
Deputies were sent about noon Thursday to the 6500 block of Road 123 in Latty Township to check on the welfare of Celecitas Pelegrino Williams, 60. Co-workers said she had not reported to work for two days, called her workplace or answered her phone.
Sheriff’s deputies found Williams and her husband, Bruce B. Williams, 81, dead in a barn on their property. A preliminary investigation indicated the Williams’ deaths were homicides, the sheriff’s department said.
While deputies were on the scene, a call was received from the Ashtabula County sheriff’s department in northeast Ohio, where deputies had detained Clay Dockery, 23, of Paulding County.
Dockery was in possession of a vehicle owned by the couple, the sheriff’s department said. He told Ashtabula County authorities he had killed the Williamses and stolen the vehicle, according to a news release.
Dockery was taken into custody and charged with two counts of murder and one count of theft, officials said. He was awaiting a hearing in Ashtabula County on extradition to Paulding County. Once he returns, an arraignment date will be set in Paulding Municipal Court.