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Murdered Ogden woman was no ‘victim,’ family members say

Arrest in slaying of 92-year-old Grace Mae Odle may solve 20-year mystery.

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Wednesday afternoon, Alaska state troopers and police descended on Ellenwood’s home and arrested him on suspicion of murdering Odle.

After all these years, investigators had finally landed a DNA match. Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said Friday that his office is still waiting to hear if Ellenwood, now 40, will waive extradition to Utah from his jail cell in Juneau.

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Ellenwood’s criminal history in Utah is short and dated. In November of 1993, he was convicted of carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, and in 1994, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. In 2001, he pleaded no contest to driving under the influence.

The next year, in Idaho, Ellenwood was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to prison. He was released in 2008.

Investigators also suspect Ellenwood attacked a second woman in Ogden, three hours after Odle was attacked.


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