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New Cold Case Unit closes one of Ohio's oldest warrants

Perry Greathouse case closed (Source: U.S. Marshals Service) Perry Greathouse case closed (Source: U.S. Marshals Service)
Perry Greathouse case closed (Source: U.S. Marshals Service) Perry Greathouse case closed (Source: U.S. Marshals Service)
HARTVILLE, OH (WOIO) -

The U.S. Marshals Service Cold Case Unit, which launched in February 2015, announces the closure of one of Ohio's oldest warrants.  

In 1967, Perry Greathouse, was charged with 1st degree Murder and convicted of manslaughter in the beating and strangulation death of his 3-year-old step-daughter in Hartville, OH.

Greathouse was sentenced to 1-20 years on January 25, 1967 and was released on parole on January 11, 1972. After his release, Greathouse quickly fled the state and lived a life on the run under a new alias.  

The investigation identified that Greathouse's life on the run began when he changed his name to Gerald Kelly. Gerald Kelly's life included arrests in Atlantic City, NJ in 1974 and 1976 for sex offenses, in 1983 in Norfolk, VA for misdemeanor concealment, and repeated arrests from 1986 until 1989 for crimes such as intoxication, theft, battery and arson while being homeless in Baltimore, Maryland.

Investigators found that Perry Greathouse became sick in 1990 and he died a nursing home in 1990 in Baltimore.

"This is another example of thorough police work and great team work!" said U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott.

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