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FORT RECOVERY — Colleen Grube was late. It wasn't like her to be late to arrive to baby-sit her sister-in-law's daughter. After repeated phone calls went unanswered, Cassandra Grube drove to the rural Fort Recovery home shared by her sister-in-law and father-in-law, Robert Grube.It was immediately evident something was very wrong.“Please help me!” a panic-stricken Cassandra said through sobs to a 911 operator. “It looks like there was a break-in. They killed my sister-in-law and my father-in-law!”Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said Cassandra Grube made the 911 call around 9 a.m. Wednesday after finding Colleen Grube, 47, and her father, Robert Grube, 70, bound with duct tape and shot to death inside their home at 2216 Burrville Road, three miles east of Fort Recovery in a rural area surrounded by farmland.“When we were in the residence we found that some items were strewn about the rooms kind of indicating like the perpetrator or perpetrators were looking for something,” Grey said. “At this point we haven't been able to determine if anything is missing from the home.”Grey said there were no immediate signs of forced entry into the home. He said investigators believe the attacks happened sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday, when Colleen left her sister-in-law's house to go home, and when the bodies were discovered. Grey said it was possible the attacker was already in the house when Colleen arrived home, but said it was too early in the investigation to say so conclusively.“The screen door was open to the house so I knew something was going on,” Cassandra told the 911 operator. “Then the house door was open and I knew right away something was bad.”Grey said Colleen lived at the house as caretaker for her father, who was disabled. A day into the investigation, Grey said his detectives and crime scene investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation have yet to turn up evidence that points to a suspect.“As far as the public's concerned, right now I can't really tell them what to look out for other than it appears that either the perpetrators came through an unlocked door or maybe were allowed into the house if they knocked on the door and someone let them in,” Grey said. “I would encourage people to make sure they keep their homes locked whether they are home or not. Don't allow somebody into your house that you don't know.”Evidence collection efforts by the Sheriff's Office and Ohio BCI&I agents remained ongoing, Grey said. The sheriff said investigators were conducting an exhaustive search looking for any and all evidence that will help solve the case.“I feel confident we'll come to a resolution,” Grey said. “Having said that, this isn't going to be an easy case. I don't think tomorrow we'll be having a press conference saying we've arrested somebody. I think it's going to take some time.”You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

Victims were bound, shot in Fort Recovery double murder

Victims were bound, shot in Fort Recovery double murder
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