17-year-old Michael Fay of Ottawa appeared in Putnam County Juvenile Court Friday afternoon and pled not guilty to grand theft auto. Fay is one of three Putnam County teens who were the subject of a statewide Amber Alert issued on Thursday afternoon. Fay was found by authorities in Columbus. He was driving a car owned by Sheila Grothouse, the mother of 14-year-old Blaine Romes and 17-year-old Blake Romes whose bodies Fay led police to later on Thursday. Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder addressed the media following Fay's court appearance and indicated that more charges are pending. "This case involves authorities in Putnam County and Columbus and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and so we'll take our time to review all of the various reports and then we will make the final decision on charges," Mr. Schroeder said.
Fay's mother, Vicky, sat next to her son at the defense table and told Judge Michael Borer that the family did not have the funds to pay for an attorney. Judge Borer indicated that the court would appoint an attorney for Fay. Schroeder requested that Fay be detained citing the probability that more charges would be filed and because Fay posed a danger to the community. Judge Borer granted that request and remanded Fay to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center.
The bodies of Blaine Romes and Blake Romes are in the custody of the Lucas County Coroner. Autopsy results could come this weekend. Police have yet to indicate how the teens died or what circumstances led to their deaths.