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(CLEVELAND) — A man taken into custody in Ashland, Ohio, after the woman he was allegedly holding captive secretly called 911 is expected to appear in court Friday.

Shawn Grate, 40, was taken into custody early Tuesday following a woman’s nervous call to 911 in which she reported that she was being held inside a home against her will, according to ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I’ve been abducted,” she told the 911 dispatcher. “Please hurry!”

When officers responded to the scene, they found the woman and Grate. They also found the remains of two other people, police said.

Grate was charged Thursday with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping.

His bond hearing is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

Grate is accused of killing 43-year-old Stacey Hicks, also known as Stacey Stanley, and a second victim who has not yet been identified, Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Tunnel said in a statement Thursday.

Grate is accused of holding the surviving woman “against her will for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity,” between Sept. 11 and 13, Tunnel said.

After Grate was taken into custody, he told officers he was involved in another woman’s murder in Richland County, according to the prosecuting attorney for Richland County, Bambi Couch Page. Grate then led police to the remains in a wooded area behind a burned-out home, the prosecuting attorney said.

The deceased person has not yet been identified. No charges have been filed at this time in the Richland County homicide, the prosecuting attorney said Thursday.

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