ASHLAND, Ohio — A 30-year-old man has been charged with aggravated murder for his alleged connection in the death of a 41-year-old woman who was found in a wooded area in Ashland County Tuesday, according to court documents.
Ryan Stroup, 30, of Ashland has been charged with aggravated murder, according to Christopher R. Tunnell, Ashland County prosecuting attorney.
"Unfortunately, law enforcement’s best work is often during the worst of circumstances. While we are proud of the efforts of our officers, our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family, as we move forward in this case," Tunnell said.
On Tuesday, Stroup was identified as a suspect for the death of Tina Goad, 41, of Mansfield who was found in a wooded area near County Road 1600 in Ashland County.
Officers located her body after a relative called 911 to let police know that a family member admitted he picked up a woman in an Ashland bar and then killed her, according to a news released from Ashland Police Department on Wednesday.
Later in the afternoon on Tuesday, officers received a report of a missing Mansfield woman who was last seen at a bar Monday night before leaving with a man.
Officers located Stroup in Cleveland where he traveled back with detectives to Ashland. The body, later identified by the Ashland County Coroner's Office as Goad, was located in a wooded area.
Stroup appeared in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was given a $5 million bond with additional conditions of not being able to leave Ohio. He also must have 24-hour GPS monitoring and a curfew for home, according to the court.
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