Strange Connections Found Between Women Who Went Missing in Ohio

Over the last 13 months, six women have gone missing from the small town of Chillicothe, just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Four of them have been found dead, and all in local streams. Police say that the circumstances are slightly different in each case, but they can't ignore the suspicious similarities.

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In addition to where the bodies were found, the women all had other things in common too, and some of them even knew each other. They were in their 20s and 30s, and were moms, and one was even a grandmother. And they'd fallen on hard times and made some questionable decisions.

According to family members, most have a known history of drug use, with at least three having had a heroin addiction. Several were also known prostitutes, but it's unclear if they all had gone down that path. 

The mother of one of the victims lamented that the circumstances of her daughter's situation may have kept them from investigating sooner. She said, "I don't think they were worried, because they were just saying, 'These are just women who are strung out on drugs, or doing whatever.'"

Lt. Mike Preston of the Ross County Sheriff's Office wouldn't speculate on the theory of this being a sole serial killer, but it does seem to have a Jack the Ripper element, don't you think? Sheriff George Lavender just wants to get to the bottom of this. He said,"We've got too many women missing in our community and it's time to get some answers."

The first woman who disappeared was Charlotte Trego, 27, whose mother said that the last words she heard from her were on May 3, 2014, when she called and said, "Mom, I'm ready to come home and get clean." She is still missing.

Tameka Lynch, 30, went missing the same day, and was a friend of Trego's. Her body was found three weeks later, and police discovered that she died before being put in the water, which makes it hard to believe that her death was an accident. Her mom even claimed that she wouldn't even go swimming because she was so afraid of the water.

Thirty-seven-year-old Wanda Lemons disappeared six months later, in November. She has five children ranging in age from their early 20s to her 6-year-old daughter. She also has two grandchildren and another on the way. She is still missing, and her family said that she was using heroin around the time of her disappearance, and may have been working as a prostitute.

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Shasta Himelrick was 20 and pregnant when her body was found in a local river on January 2. The coroner ruled it a suicide after finding non-fatal levels of oxycodone and cocaine in her system, and "no sign of pre-mortem trauma."

Timberly Claytor, 38, was a mother of five who was found shot to death on May 29. Her body was discovered near a vacant building off Trego Creek Road, about five miles outside of Chillicothe.

Most recently, Tiffany Sayre, 26, was found dead on Father's Day, after having been missing since May 11. She had two children, ages 6 and 2. Her body was found wrapped in a sheet, with duct tape nearby.

The FBI is now involved in the case. Hopefully they can get some answers soon, and maybe by some miracle, those two women are still alive.

Do you think the police waited so long to investigate because of how these women lived?

 

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