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ASHLAND -- An Ashland man was charged Friday with the aggravated murder of a Mansfield woman. 

Ryan Stroup, 30, allegedly caused the death of 41-year-old Tina Goad "purposely and with prior calculation and design" during overnight hours between Monday, Jan. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 26, at a location near County Road 1600, according to a press release from the Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell. 

The aggravated murder charge carries the potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Authorities said on Tuesday at 2:15 a.m., the WARCOG dispatch center received a call from a concerned family member that his male relative called him and admitted he had picked up a woman in an Ashland bar and then killed her.

According to the Ashland Police Department, officers and detectives worked throughout the morning to locate the man's vehicle at numerous locations.

“Based upon the caller’s concern alone, the Ashland Police Department and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office coordinated to investigate this matter,"  Tunnell said Friday.

As the investigation rapidly expanded, Ashland County law enforcement received assistance from the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Criminal Intelligence Section, the United States Marshal’s Service, the Ashland County Coroner’s Office and the Cleveland Police Department.

"Ashland County law enforcement took an unsubstantiated and unverified allegation of potential criminal conduct, partnered with multiple agencies, pooled resources and discovered that a heinous and terrible crime had been committed in Ashland County. Within a day, officers had gathered critical evidence, had a suspect in custody, and located the victim," Tunnell said.

"This is prime example of what happens when law enforcement agencies cooperate, coordinate, and take every allegation seriously.

"Unfortunately, law enforcement’s best work is often during the worst of circumstances. While we are proud of the efforts of our officers, our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family, as we move forward in this case," the prosecutor said.

Goad was reported missing Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from Ashland City Police Chief David Marcelli earlier this week. She had been last seen at a bar in Ashland on the evening of Jan. 25, and left with a white male.

"Detectives worked throughout the day and into the night to locate both subjects. The male was located in Cleveland, and accompanied detectives back to Ashland. He is being held pending a review of possible charges," the release from Marcelli said. 

A hearing before the Ashland County Common Pleas Court is scheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. by video.

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