YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A Ohio man has been accused of killing, dismembering and stashing his live-in girlfriends body in a freezer before moving in a new girl to take her place.

Arturo Novoa, 31, asked his landlord if he could store a freezer in his basement since his power was turned off and he “didn’t want his freezer full of meat to spoil.

A few days after, the landlord’s wife, short on ground meat for spaghetti and meatballs, thought it wouldn’t hurt to borrow some meat from Novoa’s fridge and return it later.

She removed 3 small screws that held a padlock and opened the freezer door. After seeing the freezer contained black garbage bags, she immediately closed the freezer and called her husband because she had “a funny feeling about it.”

The husband returned home, opened one of the bags and called police after finding the bag contained a frozen, human foot.

The coroner would later confirm the foot belonged to 28-year-old Shannon Graves, Novoa’s live-in girlfriend who was last seen in February but not reported missing until June 22nd.

Per court records, Katrina Layton, 34, moved into Novoa’s home immediately after Graves went missing, and took on Grave’s possessions like they were her own.

“Basically, Miss Layton moved in with Mr. Novoa and started living her life,” Dana Lantz, the prosecutor, said in a telephone interview with Reuters. “She didn’t hold herself out to be Shannon, she just lived her life, using her phone, caring for her dog.”

Layton told police that she purchased the freezer from Walmart at the beginning of July and gave Novoa an extension cord to use to plug it in.

Both Novoa and Layton have been arrested and each jailed on $1-million bond. They have both been charged with the abuse of a corpse, but more charges are expected to be filed once the cause of Grave’s death is determined.

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