Tallmadge -- After further investigation into the murders of Wendy Ralston and her son Peyton, of Stone Creek Drive, police have announced Wendy's live-in boyfriend and Peyton's father as a suspect.
Lt. Ron Williams of the Tallmadge Police Department made the announcement Thursday, Sept. 27. Williams said his department has gathered evidence to present to a grand jury and ideally acquire an indictment. He added that the boyfriend, whose name is not being made public until charges are filed, had provided false information to authorities earlier in the investigation.
"We were suspicious of him from the beginning," Williams said of the suspect. "At this point, he's the guy. There were a number of other people that were interviewed and investigated and everything points to the live-in."
Evidence gathered during the case has been presented to the office of Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh and police are awaiting approval for an indictment from the Summit County Grand Jury, Williams said.
The remains of Wendy and Peyton were found in a wooded area near their home Aug. 10 by Wendy's mother Marie. The two had been reported missing in early August.
Forensic experts at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA., had examined the bodies to determine a cause of death. Williams said the findings have been forwarded to the Summit County Medical Examiner but are not public at this time.
"They're done with their work, that's a part of the investigation that we can't get into at this point," Williams said. "We are aware of the findings but we have not been officially notified by the medical examiner."
Williams said Wendy and her live-in boyfriend had a history of domestic violence.
"What we can say is that they did have a violent relationship over time. Each of them had been arrested in the past for offenses against each other. To my knowledge, that's the extent of his criminal history."
Here's a video of the police's original press conference last month:
A fund has been established to help the family with funeral expenses.
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