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Two bodies found in Putnam County, identified as 2 of 3 related to Amber Alert issued

3rd boy told authorities the others were dead and gave location

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    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the bodies found in Ottawa, Ohio, today were those of Blaine Romes, 14, left, and Blake Romes, 17.

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the bodies found in Ottawa, Ohio, today were those of Blaine Romes, 14, left, and Blake Romes, 17.

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OTTAWA, Ohio -- The two bodies found today in Ottawa were two of three missing teens - Blaine Romes, 14 and Blake Aaron Romes, 17, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting.

The bodies were found in Putnam County the same day police issued an Amber Alert for the two brothers and a third teenager -- Michael A. Fay, 17.

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The third youth told authorities this evening that the two boys were dead and gave the location of their bodies, according to a release put out by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Fay youth was the teen located at about 3 p.m. today, at a Columbus gas station. He was taken into custody.  

An Amber Alert was issued for the three boys and then canceled when the Fay youth was located. At that point, the other two teens were considered "missing endangered children."

The alert started when the Romes' mother, Shellie Grothause, arrived at the family home early this morning to find the boys gone and the house in disarray.

Late this afternoon, the street in front of the Romes' trailer was blocked off with yellow crime tape. Three Bureau of Criminal Investigation trucks were parked on the street, and investigators with the state agency took evidence from the trailer in white bags.>

Sheriff's Lt. Joshua Strick said the three boys were last seen at midnight at 1570 N. Perry St. in Ottawa in a silver 2006 Chevy.

Putnam County assistant coroner Mandy Klass has ordered autopsies to determine the cause of death, the sheriff's office is reporting.

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