Man already serving time named as murder suspect in North Ridgeville homicide

North Ridgeville Police: Suspect emerges in months-old murder case
Harold Litten Jr. (Source: Family)
Harold Litten Jr. (Source: Family)
News conference announcing murder suspect. (Source: WOIO)
News conference announcing murder suspect. (Source: WOIO)
Murder scene on Jaycox Road. (Source: WOIO)
Murder scene on Jaycox Road. (Source: WOIO)

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) - North Ridgeville police didn't need to arrest a murder suspect because he was already in prison.

Officers say a warrant for aggravated murder was issued for John L. Rowan, 37, for the murder of 60-year-old Harold Litten Jr.

Rowan is currently locked up at the Lake Erie Correctional Facility on a separate offense and was scheduled to be released on Oct. 15. Once he gets out, he will be brought back to Lorain County to answer to murder charges.

Litten was reported missing in April and found dead in May. His body was inside a shed outside a home at 5490 Jaycox Road.

Detectives say DNA, fingerprints and cell phone evidence show Rowan was at Litten's home the day he was murdered.  Investigators recovered the weapon used to kill Litten and believe robbery was Rowan's motive.  They say he did mechanical work and odd jobs for Litten in the past.

Police say Litten's family still have questions about why he was killed.

"You know, I spoke specifically with his son. You can imagine the heartache that he's going through but I think he was relieved, he and his wife that an arrest was made," said Lieutenant Greg Petek.

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