2 Ohio teenage brothers dead, 3rd teen in custody

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm •  Published: May 10, 2013
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OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — Two teenage brothers who had been reported missing were found dead after authorities were directed to their bodies by a third teen, who pleaded not guilty to a grand theft auto charge and was jailed, officials said.

The brothers — 14-year-old Blaine Romes and 17-year-old Blake Romes — lived together with the third teen and their mothers inside a trailer home in Ottawa in northwest Ohio, neighbors said.

The Associated Press previously identified the third teen, also a 17-year-old boy, but now is withholding his name because he has been charged as a juvenile.

The teens had been the subjects of an Amber Alert issued Thursday morning after a mother returned to the home and found a crime scene, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said. A car also was reported missing from the trailer park.

The 17-year-old boy was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at a gas station in Columbus, about 115 miles away, after stopping to ask for directions, authorities said. He was driving the missing car, police said. He faces no other charges.

Prosecutors asked a judge on Friday that the boy continue to be held in jail because they anticipate filing additional charges, which they didn't specify.

Deputies put a hooded jacket over the boy as they led him inside, shielding his face from the media.

After sitting down inside the courtroom, he reached out for the hand of his mother, who was sitting beside him. She had been sitting with the dead boys' mother before the hearing started.

The boy spoke only a few times during the brief hearing, answering yes when asked if he understood his rights.

The boy's attorney and his mother declined to comment to reporters at the juvenile court hearing on Friday. The dead boys' mother also left without commenting.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said the 17-year-old told officers that the Romes brothers were dead and gave the locations of their bodies. Few other details have been released about the case.

Sheriff Mike Chandler said the bodies were found in different locations. He declined to give additional information on what happened, saying he was limited because those involved are juveniles.

Chandler said authorities were waiting for autopsies to be completed to determine the causes of the boys' deaths.

Neighbors at the trailer park say the women who lived there worked overnight shifts. Brad Bailey, who lives across the street, said he saw the women outside pacing back and forth for much of the day after the boys were reported missing Thursday. He said he had seen all three boys laughing and joking together in the past.