TIMELINE: Events leading up to Shawn Grate's murder trial

Posted at 4:08 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2018-04-23 06:28:52-04

What started with a frantic phone call has blossomed into an investigation into whether five women died at the hands of Shawn Grate. Now a year and a half later, Grate's trial starts with jury selection on April 9. Opening statements begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 23.

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On Sept. 13, 2016, a woman called 911 saying she had been abducted and was being held against her will at a home in Ashland.

Officers responding to the scene that day have said they found a woman who had been held against her will and abused for days. Investigators also found the bodies of two missing women.

When Grate was taken into custody, he led police to another body. And as the days have passed, Grate has been identified as a suspect in multiple cases, crossing county lines and tapping resources from numerous police departments.  

News 5 put together the timeline below to keep track of the ongoing investigations.

Click here for News 5's previous coverage of Shawn Grate