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Missing woman's body found in car trunk; suspect in custody

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    Police tape surrounds a 2001 Buick LeSabre in which police say Linnea Satterfield's body was found Wednesday in Darke County in southwestern Ohio.

    JIM NOELKER / WHIO

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ELYRIA — A woman whom police believe was kidnapped Monday from an Elyria home has been found dead in the trunk of a car in Darke County in southwest Ohio.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said Darke County sheriff’s deputies have the man suspected of taking Linnea Satterfield against her will in custody after a car crash near Greenville, north of Dayton.

Costantino said deputies received a call about an impaired driver and, when they arrived, found the 2001 Buick LeSabre that Roy E. Owens Jr. was believed to be driving in a ditch. He said Owens was outside of the vehicle in his underwear and socks and held a knife to his wrists and throat, although the knife was dull and caused no significant injuries. Deputies were able to take him into custody.

Elyria police signed an additional arrest warrant for aggravated murder against Owens. On Tuesday, warrants for felonious assault and domestic violence were signed.

A search of the car turned up the body of the 56-year-old Satterfield, Costantino said. He said the cause of death isn’t yet known, and an autopsy is being scheduled.

Satterfield’s sister, Michele Plumley, reported her missing Monday after a friend was unable to reach Satterfield and called Plumley out of concern. Satterfield had been having problems with Owens, her ex-boyfriend, Plumley said.

A search of Owens’ home turned up signs of a struggle and blood, including on a knife, police said.

Plumley said during a Tuesday phone interview that she is trying to process everything that has happened and it’s shocking to learn her sister is dead.

However, Plumley said she would have been more shocked had Satterfield been found alive.

“It’s real (expletive) nice knowing that my baby sister is dead and he’s still breathing,” an angry Plumley said.

Plumley said men like Owens are the reason she chooses to remain single. She said she was once in an abusive relationship.

She said she had tried to warn her sister that Owens was unstable and dangerous and to stay away from him.

Plumley said Satterfield, who owned a soap-making business, was crafty, creative and a hard worker.

Satterfield was a wonderful person, Plumley said, intelligent, kind-hearted and always there whenever anyone needed anything.

Plumley said Satterfield leaves behind one daughter, a son-in-law and two grandsons.

“I really don’t know what we’ll do without her,” Plumley said.

Reporter Brad Dicken contributed to this story.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.



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