Is an Ohio serial killer responsible for the series of missing women from the area around the small town of Chillicothe? That is the thought going around since six women have gone missing over the last year. Staff Lieutenant Mike Preston of the Ross County Sheriff’s Department spoke to the Washington Post in response to the idea that an Ohio serial killer is on the loose.
“I don’t want to come out and say ‘yes, we have a serial killer,’ but it’s a small community that we live in… and the number of females who have come up missing, and then the bodies that we’ve found, that’s quite a bit for our community.”
The Ohio town of Chillicothe has a population of 21,899. That count was taken in 2013. Police have stated that all of the women who had gone missing have traits in common. The women are connected through the same social circle, a history of drug use, and possible prostitution. Of the six women who have gone missing, four have been found dead. Their bodies were all found close to a body of water.
Charlotte Trego was the first woman to go missing at the start of this Ohio mystery. On May 3, 2014, Trego was reported missing by her mother. Trego has two children and is known to be addicted to heroine. Her whereabouts is still unknown.
Tameka Lynch was reported missing by her husband on May 16, 2014. Lynch was found on May 24, 2014, by a person who was kayaking in Paint Creek.
Wanda Lemons was the next woman to be reported missing. Lemons was reported missing on December 28, 2014. Her mother reported her missing when she found it unusual that Lemons did not make any contact over the holidays. Her whereabouts are also unknown.
Shasta Himelrick was reported missing by her parents shortly after Christmas night. Himelrick was pregnant at the time she went missing. Security camera footage of Himelrick shows her at a gas station in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Christmas night. Her car was found abandoned with a dead battery and all doors open. On January 2, 2015, Himelrick’s body was found close to the Scioto River. Her family disagrees with the coroner who ruled her death a suicide.
Talk of an Ohio serial killer started when the next woman, Tiffany Sayre, was reported missing on May 11, 2015. Sayre was last seen at an inn in Chillicothe with two men. The people of Chillicothe, Ohio, held a vigil on May 29, 2015, for all women who have been found dead or are still missing. That night, the body of Timberly Claytor was found. Claytor had not yet been reported missing. The body of Tiffany Sayre was found four days ago, very close to where the body of Tameka Lynch was found last year.
After the body of Timberly Claytor was found, police apprehended Jason A. McCrary. He was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. He has not been charged with her murder as of yet. Police are waiting for DNA tests to come back before filing charges against him.
With the town fearing that an Ohio serial killer is among them, Chillicothe Police Chief Keith Washburn called the FBI for assistance in investigating these mysterious crimes.
Is there an Ohio serial killer on the loose in Chillicothe?
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