ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO/Gray News) – A child rape suspect was found dead along with a family member of the alleged victim Sunday morning.
The deaths are still being investigated, but Ohio State Highway Patrol said they believe it was a murder-suicide.
Troopers found the bodies of 34-year-old Wesley Thomas and his 31-year-old girlfriend at the New Lyme Wildlife Area in Ashtabula County around 8:20 a.m. Sunday.
Officials said the bodies were found with gunshot wounds on the ground near a vehicle, and a gun was found at the scene.
Troopers did not say who they believe fired the weapon.
Thomas had been indicted on four counts of felony rape June 9 for a case involving a child victim, who officials said is a relative of the woman.
Thomas pleaded not guilty and was released on a $75,000 bond Aug. 19. He was being tracked with a GPS ankle monitor and was not allowed to contact the woman or the child.
Ashtabula County Prosecutor Colleen O’Toole explained why someone accused of raping a child would be allowed out on bond.