Boys found mother dead; suspect held without bond

Police arrested a Sandusky man Wednesday just hours after they found his live-in girlfriend dead in a Follett Street house. (Updated with video.)
Emil Whitis
Oct 18, 2012


Theodis Keys Jr., 33, was charged with the murder of Lorie Miller, also 33, of Sandusky.

School let out at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday so Miller’s two boys got home earlier than usual. Dispatchers got a call at about 2 p.m.
“My mom’s ... I think she’s dead. There’s blood all over the bathroom,” one of the boys told 911 dispatchers in a recording of the call. “There’s blood everywhere in the bathroom.”
Police looked for Keys for about two hours before he walked into the Erie County Sheriff's department and turned himself in.
Officers sat him down for questioning, but Keys asked for a lawyer. He is held at the Erie County jail on no bond.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register and watch the video to the left.



Well that may be the saddest thing I've ever heard. What a terrifying thing to find after school. I cant even imagine.


I agree, Rick. I just read it to my teen son, and I am in tears.


i just dont understand it.. why is all of this going on in our town.. and this is a man with no record and no history of using any drug .. again people will make this a race issue when it has nothing to do with that he simply killed her.. thats it.. nothing to do with black/white anything it was a TERRIBLE thing to do and it only leaves the people of this town to wonder WHY?! WHY is our quiet town going to now 11 murders in 2 years.. are you kidding me? yes there are murders EVERYWHERE but really 11 in 2 years and 4 in the past month?

what if those kids would have been home would he done away with them too?

i hate what we have become as a society.. it makes me sick to wake up and have to read something like this more and more often


First story on the top comments , over on the right.
Body discovered on Follett Street; man charged


When are these stupid women gonna figure out NOT to get involved with these loser guys? Are you women that desperate for a man that you'll take anything?

Mama of 4

Wow ever heard of not speaking ill of the dead. This woman got brutally murdered and her babies found her, none of this is her fault. But on a sadder not R.I.P Lorie. Your boys will have thier own personal guardian angel looking down on them and protecting them in heaven. God must have needed a very special angel. Prayers and thoughts from me and my family got out to her family and friends! <3


Not speaking ill of the dead. May she rest in peace. Just warning the living. Women STOP hooking up with these idiots! Two women in the past month have been murdered by low life scum. Do young women not see that their choices affect everyone?


Your still blaming the victim. May she rest in peace.


I have to agree that blaming a victim is ignorance at work!!




Not using God's wisdom/advice will get you into trouble.


Women who especially are single moms, really need to evaluate any person that they are letting into their (and their childs') lives. Please learn from the mistakes that Lorie and Heather made. If they had to die to open some eyes, then pay attention! It is not the fault of anyone but the murdering scumbags who killed Heather and her children and Lorie. These 2 (I can't even call them men) have forever changed the lives of so many people by taking away their loved ones. They have robbed us of our security in our homes and neighborhoods.
I personally have always felt safe in Sandusky and I hope to remain that way. Evil will win if we are scared and stay in our houses and-or leave the area altogether.


It's not the woman's fault that men are unable to take being rejected. It's the man's fault for choosing anger and choosing to kill. No one was holding a gun to his head, he chose the behavior and he chose the consequences, i.e. life behind bars or the end of his life.


How many murders do we have in this town already this year? This quite little town doesn't fit its fairytale advertising. People can't flee fast enough.

But, you do have the "Monty Hall" of prosecutors. "Lets Make a Deal Baxter."

Sarah Weber

By the Register's count, we've had six murders this year.


Lorie was one of my best friends. She did not deserve this. Theo is a monster! We all love you lorie an don't worry the boys will be safe.

Only on the beach

I am so sorry for your friend. My heart goes out to her family and friends.


Sandusky,aka,lil' chicago, santroit, call it want you want. I moved to cleveland where it's safer!?! Great job city officials, should have kept ms kim and dis-banded the good ol' boy network. Believe it or not, things will get worse.


Things will get worse because wickedness and evil are on the rise. It's not jsut here - it's everywhere. Take God out of the pillars of society and the roof collapses on top of you. But he did tell us that this is coming.
May God have mercy on Lorie's soul.


We all know crime is on the rise. Taking God out of the pillars of society may or may not have an effect, because, many of these punks claim to be christians because they go to church and/or pray, but then they go out and shoot cops, rape women, sell drugs to kids and claim to be gangstas. Come Sunday, they're back in church. Maybe God should make another commandant, Thou shall not be a hypocrite, lest ye die.


How much killing are we going to stand for in this town, start carrying out the death penalty in the state of Ohio and let's start putting these slime bags away permanently. I am tired of the people in this town who have no respect for human life or any respect for authority and walk around these streets like they own everything and they can do whatever they want. More CCW holders would be a start but I also believe that the women who have been under abuse from boyfriends or husbands or even acquaintances needs to report the abuse and get out from under the violence. Yes I know it isn't easy, my wife was abused by her father and ex-husband but she decided not to stay in that relationship and now has a loving husband who protects her with his life, that's ME!


I agree with your comments. And your wife is one lucky lady.

car 54

What action is the city commission taking? I would like to know how Sandusky can become safer.


Mr. Keys' actions are in no way a reflection on Sandusky or on the victim. They are only a reflection of what a troubled and violent person he truly is and he belongs in prison. While I agree that many men need training on how to treat a woman and how to deal with anger and rejection, it is not a woman's fault that they act in such a manner. Not all bad relationships end in murder but all bad relationships should end.


Get the facts straight. It was one boy who found her. The other one who is Autistic was picked up from school by police at 2:15.

Only on the beach

Does it really matter 1 or both? either way it is tragic.


Will you guys get a grip on reality? As bad as some of you think Sandusky is, there are cities that are much worse and this is not a reflection of the city. It's a criminal that is in jail. I don't fault the young woman either. Wait for the facts before you judge the city. I can count about six murders and it's OCTOBER "already". The stats could be worse and remember, the holidays are approaching and things could get worse.

The Bizness

May she rest in peace.

But I will not give up on this City, as a young home owner in Sandusky, I have nothing but high hopes for the City. We need to come together and continue to invest in the infrastructure and business's of the city not denigrate it and tear it down. Sandusky residents use this as a reason to build a bond and add conviction to help this city continue to draw people in!


It's certainly by no means her fault that this happened. But it's true that other women should learn from this tragedy and be more selective of the guys they go for. Too many decent women go for loser/worthless guys like this. Most of them don't end up being murderers but still...

Anyone else notice anything similar between all these MURDERERS? Oh that's right stating the obvious is too racist these days.


I have to admit,I too notice that the murders are all commited by MEN! smh


Me too!


Just did a little research.

Cleveland has approximately 3 million people. The have 81 murders.
That's 1 murder for ever 37,000 people.

Sandusky has 25,000 people. I remember 6 murders this year. That's 1 murder for every 4000 people approximately.

What city is safer?



2cents's picture

Just a couple of notes here.

What happened to the article, it was gone this morning?

Why did the 911 operator ask a child to feel for a pulse on their obviously dead mother, not good please adjust policy, just get LE there now!

Don’t blame Baxter; these people most likely do not follow prosecution statistics and these things are just violence coming to the top.

The morals of this country are in the sh— hole, vote Romney!

Para & CCW. I don’t leave home without them!

Only on the beach

When 911 gets a call their plan is to save a life and helping the person at the scene do what ever they can to save that persons life no matter who it is.


I blame the prosecutor for his continual "deal making".

Let the felons know that there are no deals in Erie County. Take your crime elsewhere.


Unfortunately, her kids found her. Unfortunately, one had to call 911 and be put in that awful position. If no one was in the house, unfortunately the boy had to do what the dispatcher said to try and save her life if still possible. To put any of this on her as her fault is outrageous. Whether it be a bad relationship or him scum does NOT make it any of her fault for him to do this. Some things are unpredictable and very tragic, as in this case. Prayers to her boys, family, and friends.


this may be inappropriate and you can flag me if you must. However, I feel that may people are not afraid of the police or the penal system. The police seem to be so afraid to get caught doing anything potentially wrong by their cameras that they get no respect. Turn off the cameras... get your billyclubs out and start putting the fear of god in these criminals. And as for the penal system.... what happened to HARD LABOR? These criminals get to play games, go on the computer, have outside time, get the best healthcare and get visitors..... REALLY! How about making prisioners attend school for 6 hours a day and the other 6 hours of labor.... growing and cooking their own food, raising animals to eat, building their own buildings. Prision is not a big deal to these criminals anymore..... lets make it a big deal!


I was in Fremont a cpl weeks ago and Sandusky County sheriff's office had inmates with black and white jail clothing on cutting the grass, trimming, picking up trash on the grounds with an officer there with a rifle. Wonder why they don't try that in Erie County, instead of making their experience in jail like a holiday in a motel?


The ECJ does assign work to inmates.


We need more LE and a harsher justice system. Our LE are forced to be reactive because the numbers arent high enough to handle the crime rate


Don't need more LE. You need a court system that doesn't let the criminals out after the LE has done their job.


Thats excatly what I am talking about! I remember when I was a teenager I finished washing the dishes and I said to my stepmother... "we really need a dishwasher" She replied right away... "why? I already have one." We should never pay anyone to do any job a prisioner can!


I agree with you RNR. It's just to easy on them none of them care about going to prison because it's like a five star resort. And our LE constantly has to watch their backs or they will get attacked by the Sandusky Register. Let them do their job they are already undermanned. Also maybe there is a way to get the community involved because the crime rates are out of control.


This sounds like another relationship that should have never happened. Amazes me how gullible and easily consumed women are these days.
When you live by way of the Sword ...then you will probably die by way of the Sword.

That is reality.


R.I.P Lorie :(

There's no one to blame except the person that committed the crime.


Seriously some of you on here are blaming her??!! Lorie was a wonderful person, a great friend and an even better mother. She was a hard worker. What she wasn't was someone who chose to be a victim of this mans rage and anger. She had two wonderful sons that she would do anything for. My heart goes out to her sons, parents, her brother and everyone who loves her and was fortunate enough to have gotten to know her. May you R.I.P. Lorie and watch over your babies now. We will miss you dearly!


You had better refrain from saying anything bad about Sandusky. There are a few posters that will run you right out of here and attack you personally.


As well, you have to be careful that if you are murdered in Sandusky people will also run right out and attack you.


Condolences to the family. R.I.P.


@ Perkins 2060: When you lump the entire population of the City of Sandusky into your narrow minded view of reality; it does offend those of us who do live here, and choose not to leave. Your smug and condescending comments about Sandusky are insensitive and tiresome. Thankfully most of us don't judge the residents of Perkins by your same standards.


You are correct. Sandusky is a great safe place to live. My apologies.


I would rather live in Sandusky - under a bridge for that matter, than live next to you. I feel sorry for your neighbors.


And here we are with the personal attacks! That didn't take long!


No personal attacks. Just stating a fact. I would hate to live next to you. Fact.


Feelings mutual. Fact.


I'm done on here for a while, but please answer me one question and be honest. Would you rather have your wife or daughter walk down a neighborhood street at night in Sandusky or Perkins Township? I will not respond and am signing off this site. Stay safe everyone.

Perkins Resident

@2060 Are you serious? You think Sandusky is a safe place to live?


Note: domestic violence is not unique to interracial relationships...he did not kill her because she was white and he was black...not everything is about the color of one's many white women are killed by their white husbands/boyfriends??? What do we blame it on then?


Here we go again with individuals making comments about "stupid women" being desperate. No one knows who a person really is until things like this happen. Let Lorie's family mourn and keep your ridiculous comments to yourselves. My thoughts and prayer go out to the Golliver family and her boys.


Not everything is obvious when a relationship gets underway. Sometimes, it even takes a little while INTO the relationship before red flags start popping up. It's possible, of course, that the actual murder was the first red flag in THIS relationship. I doubt it, but maybe so. Still, there's a lesson to be learned, here, ladies:

The NICEST guy isn't worth your while if he ever threatens you.

The RICHEST guy isn't worth your while if he ever hits you.

The HANDSOMEST guy isn't worth your while if he emotionally browbeats you.

The FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN isn't worth your while if he exerts complete control over your life, your friendships, and your household.

If he loses his temper easily, if he lays a single hand on you, if he threatens you or your children, GET OUT! There's usually a warning sign (or a dozen of them) before something irreversible happens. So ladies, it's in your hands. No more, "But I LOOOOoooove him!" excuses. No more, "But he's such a good father!" rationales. GET. OUT.

We've got more motherless children, more grieving friends and family, and questions none of us should have to ask let alone answer today. Let this poor woman be the last, shall we?


donutshopguy your wrong there is not 3 million people in cleveland, the city itself has 369,000 for population so your facts are wrong and last time i checked sandusky is a hell of alot safer then cleveland


12/21/2012. It seems some are taking it seriously.


Criminal background checks are fairly easy to do nowadays and mostly free online.


the dude is weird looking from the get go! what happened to his head?

Sandtown Native

I lived half my life in Sandusky, Ohio and as far back as 1992 I can remember us always having the misfits and problems in town. This hasn't changed and i don't feel any more scared to drive, walk through Sandusky now than I ever did. It's not a bad town, it's just people are not teaching their kids right and wrong, and respect these days, and are not watching their damn kids grow up... they take it into adulthood and become the city problems... that's what has changed!! Sandusky is a fine place to live or visit.... Love Sandtown!!

Darwin's choice

worst. photoshop. ever. really Register?

Maury Brauschwitz

Dick Brady-

How do you like your squalor of a city now?


ok, now the headline has changed from $1 million earlier, to none,now. TrueOrFalse


I can't believe some of the people on here... Have some respect for Lorie and her family! If ANY you actually knew her you would know what a loving mother and kind hearted person she was! She busted her butt to make sure her sons had everything! She came from a very loving family! It has nothing to do with who she dated and quite frankly i've never heard her say there was any problems with her relationship! This was a tragic and unexpected! NO ONE thought this would ever happen, do you think she would ever put her or her kids lives in jeopardy? NO. This was NEVER HER FAULT, she didn't deserve to die so young and especially this way. He is a monster. Lorie R.I.P. you were an amazing mother and friend. We'll always miss your infectious smile and laugh..