PAULDING, Ohio (WANE) Police in Paulding, Ohio, on Friday filed a warrant for the arrest of a 42-year-old Defiance man accused of killing two people in the county.
Bradley R. Gillespie, 42, has been charged with killing 21-year-old Hannah Fischer and Frank Tracy, Jr., 47. He is currently being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on unrelated charges out of Defiance County, Ohio.
Sheriff Jason Landers said Friday that officers found the gun used to kill Fischer and Tracy and other “valuable evidence.”
“I can tell you investigators have had some huge breaks in this case over the past few weeks,” said Landers. “Fortunately we had some witnesses come forward with articulate information. We were able to recover the weapon used, as well as recover valuable evidence from the Jeep Compass that was recovered on February 9th when Hannah’s body was discovered.”
Landers said Fischer and Tracy were both killed inside that Jeep. A family member of Fischer told NewsChannel 15 on Friday that Gillespie was a close friend of Tracy.
“It took us some time to put all the pieces together, and that’s how these complex cases work,” said Landers. “Law enforcement from multiple agencies did a fabulous job working together.”
Fischer’s body was found Feb. 9 in a Paulding apartment, shot to death through the head. In the days that followed, police named Tracy – her ex-boyfriend – as their suspect and filed a warrant for his arrest.
On March 15, though, Tracy’s body was found by a mushroom hunter in a northern Paulding County cemetery, dead of a gunshot to the head.
It is not known when Gillespie will be arraigned on the murder charges in Paulding.