Arrest Made in Ohio Cold Case

Gail Eastwood Ritchey, 49, of Euclid Ohio

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Yesterday an arrest was made in a case that dates back to 1993.

A new born’s remains were located in the woods of Geauga County, Ohio, in 1993 after he had been mauled by an animal. The community rallied together and provided hand-made clothing for the child’s burial before he was interred at Thompson Cemetery. In the 26 years since, the community has continued to care for the grave of “Geauga’s Child,” leaving gifts and flowers.

Police, continuing to follow up on leads, found a break in the case after a voluntarily submitted DNA sample hit their database. That lead them to a specific family tree and after interviews to narrow the search down, they served Gail Eastwood Ritchey, 49 of Euclid Ohio, with a search warrant for her DNA.

She has since admitted to wrapping the newborn in a trash bag before dumping him in the woods. She also admitted to doing the same thing with another baby, but the police have yet to turn up evidence to corroborate that case. The investigation is ongoing.

Currently, Ritchey is charged with one count of aggravated murder and one count of murder. She is expected to be arraigned either today or Monday.

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