PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) The man who police in Paulding County, Ohio, believe killed a 21-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man in a wild double homicide case that seemed to befuddle investigators reportedly admitted to killing at least one of the victims.
A grand jury last week returned an indictment against Bradley R. Gillespie, 42, for double murder, blamed with killing 21-year-old Hannah Fischer and Frank Tracy, Jr., 47. He is currently being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on unrelated charges out of Defiance County, Ohio.
Sheriff Jason Landers said late last month that officers found the gun used to kill Fischer and Tracy and other “valuable evidence.”
According to a probable cause affidavit recently unsealed, that blame was also built on Gillespie’s confession to an unnamed witness.
Police were reportedly contacted by a man who said that Gillespie had been driving Tracy’s truck and that Gillespie had told him “he had beaten Frank Tracy, Jr. to death and threw Frank’s body down the river,” according to the affidavit. The affidavit said Tracy’s body was found on a bank of a small creek just off the Maumee River.
Police said initially that Tracy’s body was found March 15 covered by a blanket at Rochester Cemetery, which sits just south of a bend of the river.
Tracy and Fischer were reportedly shot both to death Feb. 3 inside a 2016 Jeep Compass that was left at the downtown Paulding apartment that Fischer’s body was found in Feb. 9. Paulding Police reportedly found a .40 caliber Glock handgun that was used to kill the two, and the owner of the gun told investigators that Gillespie had been in possession of it, the affidavit said.
The affidavit said Gillespie admitted to being with Tracy and Fischer in early February. A family member of Fischer told NewsChannel 15 on Friday that Gillespie was a close friend of Tracy.
The case has stymied officials in Paulding County, who were suddenly met with the first homicides there in five years.
After Fischer’s body was found in the Paulding apartment, shot to death through the head, police named Tracy – her ex-boyfriend – as their suspect and filed a warrant for his arrest. When Tracy’s body was found in the cemetery, dead of a gunshot to the head, the case became cloudy.