Suspect arrested in connection with Fort Recovery murders
A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the 2011 slayings of Robert and Colleen Grube
in their Fort Recovery area home.
Bryant L. Rhoades was arrested Tuesday morning at a home located on Ohio 471 in Union City by Mercer County sheriff’s detectives with the assistance of U.S. Marshals. He is charged with obstructing justice in the slayings.
The prosecution asked in court that the bond for Rhoades be set at $1 million cash. Rhoades asked for a lower bond.
“I’m not running nowhere,” Rhoades said in court. “I’m not trying to get out of nothing.”
The judge set the bond at $350,000.
On Nov. 30, 2011, the bodies of Colleen Grube, age 47, and her father, Robert Grube, age 70, were discovered bound with duct tape and murdered in their rural home out of Fort Recovery, located at 2216 Burrville Road. Those bodies were initially discovered by Cassandra Grube, sister-in-law of Colleen, after she didn’t show up at Cassandra’s home to babysit children.
At the time, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said that there were no signs of forced entry into the Grube home, leading him to believe that the attacker could have already been in the house when Colleen arrived home from work the day before at 5 p.m., or that the attacker was known by the victims.
Colleen lived in the house as the caretaker of her father, who was disabled.
Grey said that since Nov. 30 his department, including detectives giving around the clock attention to solving the case, had issued 76 subpoenas, 12 search warrants, taken 80 tips and carried out 208 interviews. In addition, they have traveled to eight Ohio counties and four Indiana counties to follow up leads in the case, sometimes on multiple occasions.
During their investigation of the case, sheriff officials had recovered over 150 pieces of evidence from the Grube case. Many of them were sent to labs in Bowling Green and Richfield, Ohio for analysis. Rhoades is the first suspect charged in the Grube killings. By Wednesday morning, authorities said they are expected to announce the name of a second suspect. Grey plans to hold a news conference at 9 a.m.
A woman is also reportedly being sought by investigators.
According to Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew K. Fox, the charge against Rhoades stems from an incident on June 4, 2012. A press release indicates that Rhoades lied to investigators.
Investigators have said that two people, maybe more, came to the Grube’s home at 2216 Burrville Road, just east of Fort Recovery, between 5 p.m., Nov. 29 and 9 a.m., Nov. 30, bound them and shot them.
“Investigators then determined that at least one man and one woman were present during the killings,” said a news release. “They were either let in or came in through an unlocked door and they ransacked parts of the house and stole a laptop computer.”
Grey said that the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office worked on the Grube case along with investigators from the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.
Nearly 100 people were interviewed, said Grey. He noted that investigators would meet weekly to discuss theories and suspects.
In January 2012, it was reported that 63 court orders and/or subpoenas had been issued. Additionally, 11 search warrants had been issued and 17 new pieces of evidence were recovered.
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