TALLMADGE, Ohio - The two bodies found in a wooded area in Tallmadge on Saturday have been identified as Wendy Ralston and her 5-year-old son Peyton.
Tallmadge police said at a news conference Tuesday morning that no suspects have been identified at this time. They called Ralston's 39-year-old live-in boyfriend a "person of interest" but are talking to multiple people.
They said there is a substantial amount of evidence in this case. A Summit County Medical Examiner's report said the remains were wrapped in a comforter and a dark blue sheet, then stuffed in a duffel bag.
Ralston was reported missing by her mother on Aug. 7 along with her son Peyton. But a day care worker said Ralston stopped bringing her son in mid-July.
"We just assumed maybe she lost her job," Beth Mauller said as she left a small teddy bear for the boy at the Ralston's home. "He was just one of those little kids that took your heart and you couldn't help but fall in love with him."
The bodies were discovered in the 500 block of Stone Creek Drive on Saturday afternoon. Police said Marie Ralston reported the discovery directly to the police department so there is no 911 call.
Police and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched Ralston's nearby duplex for hours on Monday.
A 12-year-old boy in the neighborhood said he and a friend were walking in the wooded area on Friday and noticed something strange.
"My friend Gavin said he smelled something odd. I said ‘Gavin, it's just a dead animal.' We were still walking. He said ‘It's not an animal. I know what an animal smells like.' I said forget it," Grant Geer told NewsChannel5.
Neighbor Kara Butcher said she didn't know Wendy Ralston personally, but always noticed the mother and son together.
"They're all good kids and it's a good neighborhood. It's a shock," Butcher said.