Bodies of Tallmadge woman Wendy Ralston and her 5-year-old son sent to anthropologist for testing

TALLMADGE, Ohio - The investigation continues into the deaths of a Tallmadge woman and her 5-year-old who were found dead in a wooded area on Saturday.

The bodies, which were wrapped in blankets and put in a duffel bag, were identified as 31-year-old Wendy Ralston and her son Peyton. The mother and son lived in a duplex on Stone Creek Drive and were reported missing on Aug. 7.

On Tuesday, Tallmadge police said the bodies were being sent to an anthropologist at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. Investigators hope this expert will be able to answer questions like when and how Ralston and her son died.

Police also said on Tuesday that officers have been called to Ralston's house several times for domestic issues between her and her 39-year-old boyfriend. The live-in boyfriend, who is a person of interest, is Peyton's father. According to police, Ralston had a protection order against him at one time.

"Wendy was a good kid and she tried to be a good kid and her mother loved her with all her heart," said Ona Walters, a neighbor of Wendy Ralston's mother.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations is assisting in the case and spent several hours searching the wooded area near Ralston's house. Police said there are massive amounts of evidence in the investigation.

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