OTTAWA, Ohio – Two teenage brothers who had been reported missing were found dead after authorities were directed to their bodies by a third teen, who pleaded not guilty to a grand theft auto charge and was jailed, officials said.
The brothers – 14-year-old Blaine Romes and 17-year-old Blake Romes – lived together with the third teen and their mothers inside a trailer home in Ottawa in northwest Ohio, neighbors said.
The teens had been the subjects of an Amber Alert issued Thursday morning after a mother returned to the home and found a crime scene, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said. A car also was reported missing from the trailer park.
The 17-year-old boy was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at a gas station in Columbus, about 115 miles away, after stopping to ask for directions, authorities said. He was driving the missing car, police said. He faces no other charges. Prosecutors asked a judge on Friday that the boy continue to be held in jail because they anticipate filing additional charges, which they didn’t specify.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said the 17-year-old told officers that the Romes brothers were dead and gave the locations of their bodies. Few other details have been released about the case.