Pair faces murder charges in connection with southeast Ohio deaths

Shania Jones and August Schuetz both face murder charges in connection with two people killed...
Shania Jones and August Schuetz both face murder charges in connection with two people killed in Vinton County, Ohio.(Ohio Attorney General's Office)
Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 8:06 PM EST
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UPDATE 3/2/22 @ 5:40 p.m.

VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - Two people face murder charges Tuesday in connection with two people found dead along Frazee Road in McArthur in a suspected shooting, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office.

August Christopher Schuetz and Shania Nicole Jones both are charged with murder, with more charges expected. They were taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

Investigators say the bodies of Jori Brown, 31, of McArthur, and Lawrence McMichael, 29, of Ashville, Ohio, were found.

On Monday, agencies including the BCI, were on scene where investigators even searched a nearby lake. One neighbor who lives along Frazee Lane said law enforcement asked if he had heard gunshots in the area.

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VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - Ohio BCI and the Vinton County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an incident in McArthur.

A driveway on Frazee Lane is blocked off by police tape, and multiple law enforcement vehicles are at the site.

A deputy at the scene tells WSAZ the sheriff’s department is not releasing any details about the ongoing investigation at this time. They’re not saying what the initial call came in as or whether anyone has been hurt.

A man with BCI at the scene also says they wouldn’t be commenting at this time either.

One neighbor on Frazee Lane says law enforcement came to his home earlier Tuesday asking if he had any outdoor security video or if he had heard any gunshots.

The deputy says crews are expected to remain at the scene well into the night.

Part of Lake Rupert a few miles away was searched Tuesday. The sheriff’s department hasn’t confirmed whether that search was connected to the case at the home on Frazee Lane.

Jayson Potts, chief of the Hamden Volunteer Fire Department, says they were asked by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office to help search part of the lake as a precautionary measure to verify there wasn’t anyone in the water.

Potts says nobody was found during the search.

He says they and the Wellston water rescue team were called to help around noon and remained at the lake until 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Potts says an ODNR sonar system was used, and they had enough evidence to call off the search.

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