LORAIN — The man police suspect of killing his 26-year-old girlfriend and stuffing her body in a storage bin at the Tower Boulevard apartment complex where they live was arrested Thursday in Lexington, Ky.
Lorain police Lt. Mark Carpentiere said Albert Fine, 30, was taken into custody without incident by Lorain police officers and members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, who had traveled south after receiving information about Fine’s whereabouts. Local law enforcement in Kentucky also was involved in the arrest.
Fine will be extradited back to Ohio to face charges in connection with the death of Catherine “Kat” Hoholski, Carpentiere said. A court hearing will likely take place in Kentucky today, he said.
Carpentiere also said police have located 32-year-old Merry Bennett, who may be romantically linked to Fine. Bennett had been sought for questioning in connection with Hoholski’s slaying, but Carpentiere said police are satisfied with the information she provided them and she hasn’t been charged.
Carpentiere declined to provide details of what led police to Kentucky in their search for the pair, but he had earlier said Fine had recently been seen in Lorain.
Hoholski’s body was found with the help of a cadaver dog after weeks of complaints about an odor at the Villas of Beau Monde apartment complex, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans.
Her partially clothed body was in the storage unit for the apartment she shared with Fine, he said.
Evans said an autopsy will be completed today, but her death was obviously foul play.
“She didn’t climb into the storage bin herself,” he said.
Evans said Hoholski’s body was “not in good condition,” but he would not provide additional details. Police also have provided little information about what they believe happened to Hoholski.
The coroner said, however, that she had been dead for some time.
“We think it was weeks ago because people have been smelling things for weeks,” Evans said.
A woman living at the complex said she reported a foul odor to management three weeks ago.
Evans said the apartment owners had the sewers and garbage bins cleaned out but that did not resolve the odor problem.
Evans said when he arrived it was obvious a body was at the scene because the odor was unmistakable.
Hoholski was reported missing to police July 12 by her parents, who did not respond to attempts to reach them Thursday.
A neighbor, Katherine Wolford, said Hoholski’s parents have been desperately trying to find her.
She said Hoholski had a child, Jasmine Rose Fine, who was born prematurely this year and has severe medical problems and several operations.
“As far as I know, the baby never left the hospital,” Wolford said.
An entry on Hoholski’s Facebook page said her daughter was born on March 2.
Fine posted several status updates on his Facebook page about Jasmine, chronicling her weight and the medical issues the baby was facing.
“She is slowly gettin there,” he wrote on July 10, two days before Hoholski was reported missing.
But Fine’s Facebook page also contained complaints about the state of his life. In some posts he complained that no one was commenting on the things he wrote on the page.
In a June 6 post, he wrote that he was “Filled with rage n hatred!!!!!” Hoholski replied, “Whats wrong now?”
Hoholski’s MySpace page described Fine as “a wonderful man” and “the one I’ve been waiting for.” “We have dated before back in college and God brought us together and he’s amazing. So back off, chicas, he’s mine,” she wrote.
She graduated in 2004 from Lorain Southview High School and worked as an assembler for Camaco after attending Lorain County Community College in 2004 and 2005, according to the page.
In high school, she was involved in marching band, pep band, concert band, wind ensemble and tennis, according to her page.
Fine’s Facebook page indicated he had studied at both Lorain County Joint Vocational School and Lorain County Community College.
He has a prior assault conviction, according to Elyria Municipal Court records.