Ohio mother of four went missing in the early morning of Aug. 15. Late last month, investigators confirmed that they found the badly beaten body of 36-year-old Mandy Gottschalk buried in a shallow grave near her home in Ashtabula, Ohio, on Aug. 24.
Gottschalk's boyfriend, Kyle Starkey, and his friend, Ryan McBride, face serious charges for the crime that one prosecutor called "one of the most brutal beatings and murders" he had ever seen, Inquisitr reported.
Gottschalk and Starkey reportedly got into a fight while they vacationed by Lake Eerie, and Gottschalk left without him. A friend gave her a ride and dropped her off at her home at approximately 2 a.m.
Starkey first told police that when he arrived at the house, Gottschalk was not there, according to Rare.us. More than a day later, her family could not get in touch with her, and the missing person search began.
After questioning, police suspected Starkey of killing his girlfriend and burying her in a makeshift grave. Officers say she died from a traumatic blunt force injury.
“She was so funny to talk to,” said Allison Zoblisien, Gottschalk's cousin. “She had four beautiful, beautiful children and she just loved them so much.”
Starkey allegedly beat Gottschalk to death in the home that they shared. Starkey and McBride hid the body in the closet and partied for two days before burying her in a shallow grave, police say, according to Rare.us.
On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Starkey, charging him with murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and domestic violence.
They charged McBride with tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.
“We would have loved a better outcome,” Ashtabula County Sheriff Bill Johnson told WJW-TV in Cleveland. “But this gets the family some closure. We arrested people who caused this death and that is the most important thing at this particular time.”
Approximately three woman are killed by male romantic partners every day.