Tallmadge police have a suspect in the death of a woman and her young son.
Lt. Ron Williams said Wendy Ralston's live-in boyfriend and Peyton Ralston's father is suspected in their deaths.
Williams said his department has gathered evidence to present to a grand jury and ideally acquire an indictment. He said the boyfriend, whose name is not being made public until charges are filed, provided false information to authorities earlier in the investigation.
"We were suspicious of him from the beginning," Williams said. "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 has been presented to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's office and police are awaiting approval for an indictment from a Summit County grand jury, Williams said.
The remains of Ralston and her 5-year-old son were found in a wooded area near their Stone Creek Drive home on Aug. 10 by Ralston's mother, Marie. The two were reported missing in early August.
Forensic experts at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., 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."
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