|CELINA — Almost 10 months ago, Mercer County Sheriff Deputies were called to investigate a double homicide at a residence east of Fort Recovery. Inside, the bodies of Robert Grube and his caretaker daughter, Colleen, were found bound with duct tape and shot to death. To date, the case remains under investigation, but is an unsolved homicide case.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey speaks about the Grube murder case at a press conference Thursday morning as Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine looks on
The Grube case is far from the only murder case that is unresolved in Ohio. More than 5,000 deaths across the state are officially unsolved. Now, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to expand the database in an effort to get more information.
“The stories are really what get me. The individuals, the family members who do not have answers,” DeWine related. “All these people deserve justice. From my early days as a county prosecuting attorney working with victims, I learned that for families who lost a loved one being murdered, there’s really never closure. We use that term, and it’s kind of an absurd term. I would think that the part of grief and part of the inability to deal with it has to be for those families who don’t have an answer to ‘Who killed my loved one?’ and “Why did they kill them?’”
To that end, DeWine reported that his office is putting a new emphasis on getting a database expanded to include all 5,153 cold cases involving homicide in Ohio. He noted that he decided to make the announcement in Mercer County because of the Grube case.
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