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Man arrested on murder charge in park body case

July 9, 2019

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in central Ohio say they have arrested a 24-year-old man on murder charges in the death of a woman whose body was found July 4 in a shallow grave in an Ohio park.

The Delaware County sheriff’s office says John David Choe Bartholomew of northwest Columbus was arrested Tuesday without incident. He was being booked into the jail and no other information including whether he has an attorney was available immediately.

The sheriff’s office said last week that an officer with the state Department of Natural Resources discovered the grave while on foot patrol at Alum Creek State Park. The office on Friday identified the deceased woman as 28-year-old Brittany McDowell, of Columbus.

Authorities say she died of gunshot wounds. The sheriff’s office declined to discuss possible motive.

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