GALLIPOLIS — Two individuals have been taken into custody over the weekend after being indicted based upon the investigation into the death of Terry “Shag” Rothgeb, 55, of Gallipolis, by the Gallia Sheriff’s Office.
Ralph Young, 39, and Leeza Bartels, 22, both of Bidwell, were taken into custody by detectives with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Gallipolis Police Department after receiving an anonymous tip from the public as to their whereabouts.
“We are happy to report that we have these two individuals in custody,” said Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin. “These individuals have been indicted by the people of Gallia County for their mishandling of the death of Mr. Rothgeb and we are prepared to hold them accountable for their actions. We are asking the public for their assistance in locating one additional suspect in this case who is Lacey J. Young, 29, of Middleport, Ohio. We would ask that anyone who has information as to Ms. Young’s whereabouts please contact our agency to aid us in her apprehension.”
Anyone with information regarding Young can contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office at 740-446-1221 or by way of the tip line at 740-446-6555.
The three suspects were recently indicted by the Gallia County Grand Jury for the alleged crimes of gross abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, and the third-degree felony of tampering with evidence in connection with an investigation into the death of Rothgeb.