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Mother of Putnam County teens says she found blood, a gun in her home


Victoria L. Fay, left, and Shellie Grothause are the mothers of the three boys who were the subject of an Amber Alert May 9, 2013. Shellie's sons Blaine Romes, 14, and Blake Romes, 17, along with Victoria's son Michael Aaron Fey, 17, were reported missing. One of the boys and their car were found in Columbus later in the day.


OTTAWA, Ohio - In a frantic, shaking voice, Michelle Grothause told a sheriff's deputy that she came home to find her two sons and another teenager missing and that there was blood and a handgun in the trailer.

"I need a deputy to come out to my house...We have three kids that are missing," Ms. Grothause said in a phone call to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 5:30 a.m. May 9.

Nearly 12 hours later, the bodies of her sons, Blaine Romes, 14, and Blake Romes, 17, were found; one hidden in a crawl space under the trailer and the other in a ditch outside Ottawa. Michael Aaron Fay, 17, who lived in the trailer, was arrested later that day in a vehicle that was taken from the trailer.

In her phone call to the sheriff's deputy released today, Ms. Grothause said she left her job at an Ottawa factory and went home after she was unable to reach her sons by phone. She said she found the trailer empty and there was blood and a handgun that didn't belong to her inside the residence.

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