Pair held for murder of Windham man

Two, including estranged wife, arrested in Windham man's alleged murder

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Two Portage County residents, including the estranged wife of the alleged victim, have been arrested and charged with the murder of a Windham man found dead in his home on Thanksgiving.

Traci Y. Wolfe, 40, of 10540 Oak St., Paris, and Thomas W. Walters, 42, of 3153 Polly Road, Shalersville, were arrested Friday and charged with one count each of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony, in connection with the death of Blake A. Wolfe, 37, of 9302 W. Center St., according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

The cause of Blake Wolfe's death was not released Friday, pending the results of an autopsy planned for Friday afternoon at the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office in Akron.

Traci Wolfe is the estranged wife of Blake Wolfe, who was found dead in his home at about 4 p.m. Thursday. Windham police requested the assistance of sheriff's detectives, who responded along with agents of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Sheriff David Doak said.

Investigators immediately suspected foul play, and processed the alleged crime scene. After an investigation, Walters and Traci Wolfe were arrested early Friday morning, according to Doak. The sheriff's office did not specify a motive or provide any other details about the alleged murder.

The suspects are being held without bond in the Portage County jail pending their arraignment Monday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna. Portage County courts were closed Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and online court records could not be accessed.

Windham Police Chief Gene Fixler said Friday that his officers and sheriff's investigators worked well together to investigate, make the arrests and close the case.

"It's all about teamwork," he said.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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  • My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.