ASHLAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 30-year-old Ashland man accused of murdering a woman and dumping her body in the woods, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning.
Ryan Stroup was indicted on the charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse, violating a protection order and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle for the death of Tina Goad of Mansfield.
The judge kept the bond at $5 million.
Ashland Police Chief David Marcelli said Goad’s body was found near County Road 1600 in Ashland County on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Around 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 26, Ashland police said dispatchers received a call from a relative of Stroups who said he just admitted to killing a woman he met at a bar.
Marcelli said later that afternoon, police learned Goad was missing from Mansfield and had last been seen at an Ashland bar on Jan. 25.
Her body was found several hours later.
“Within a day, officers had gathered critical evidence, had a suspect in custody, and located the victim. This is prime example of what happens when law enforcement agencies cooperate, coordinate, and take every allegation seriously,” said Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Tunnell.
Stroup’s next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 17.
He faces life in prison if convicted.