Remains of woman killed by Ohio serial killer in Marion County returned to family

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MARION, Ohio (WCMH) — Dana Lowrey’s remains were returned to her family in Louisiana on Thursday. Lowrey was Ohio serial killer Shawn Grate’s first known murder victim.

Lowrey’s remains were discovered on Victory Road in Marion in March 2007, approximately 10
months after she disappeared while working in Marion.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Ray Grogan and Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey returned Lowrey’s remains to her family.

“Dana is home to be near her family,” Grogan said. “She was a 23-year-old mother of
two small children. Dana’s children and family deserve to have her close by and I am hopeful
that Sheriff Bailey and I were able to give them some measure of comfort from this nightmare
tragedy.”

Grate pleaded guilty in September 2019 to aggravated murder, kidnapping, tampering with
evidence and abuse of a corpse in Marion County. He was sentenced to life without the
possibility of parole plus 16 years.

Grate has also been sentenced to death for murdering two women in Ashland County. That
sentence is being appealed. He also pled guilty to aggravated murder in Richland County.

“Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey and his team worked tirelessly to bring Dana’s killer to
justice,” Grogan added. “Ultimately, it was the sheriff’s relentless pursuit of both Dana’s
identity, and Shawn Grate’s identity, a pursuit that lasted more than 12 years, that led to Grate’s
prosecution.”

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