|Ryan Cozart, Ariel Smith & Sara Craig|
By Lisa Robbins & Courtney Khondabi
Law enforcement officials identified the victim as 57-year-old [name withheld] of Pomeroy, Ohio. It appears he was stabbed and assaulted, however the exact cause of death has not been released.
Three are charged in connection with [name withheld]'s murder: Ryan Cozart of Racine, Ohio who is charged with the murder; Ariel Smith of Portland, Ohio and Sara Craig also of Portland, Ohio are both charged with complicity to commit murder.
Detectives report [name withheld] knew the trio but it is not clear what sort of relationship they had. Police believe the trio went to [name withheld]'s room, stabbed and assaulted him and then stole his car. Deputies arrived on scene after midnight.
About 1:50 a.m. Cozart and Craig returned to the hotel in the victim's car and were arrested. Investigators later picked up Smith at a house in Portland.
The scene was described as gruesome and bloody. It took detectives hours to check several locations including Meigs Motel room 22. A motive has not been determined.
Wallace is listed as a sex offender in Ohio. Investigators have not said whether or not his criminal past had anything to do with his murder.