Similar to the Discovery Channel’s hit series Killing Fields, this docu-series will focus on six women who have either gone missing or have been found dead in Chillicothe, Ohio, over the past few years. Although residents have begun to worry that a serial killer may be in their midst, police suggest that the women’s troubled pasts could be a major factor in their tragic fates. There is also a problem with heroin abuse in the city of 22,000, and The Vanishing Women will examine whether that could have contributed to the disappearances and deaths of these women.
According to TV Series Finale, since 2014, a string of six young women in their 20s and 30s have gone missing or were found dead. All of them are believed to have known each other, and all have links to the darker side of Chillicothe. Investigation Discovery has been given unprecedented access to their stories for The Vanishing Women series and teamed up with law enforcement officials, loved ones of the victims, and the community to document the unfolding investigation in an effort to solve these open cases.
“An ambitious serialized docu-series, The Vanishing Women documents the past and present work of an active criminal investigation and, in that regard, we are honored to lend our own efforts and resources to those of the victims’ loved ones as well as the skilled and adept forces at the Chillicothe Police Department and the Ross County Sheriff’s Office,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. “As the leading television destination for true crime investigation, our intention is to help elevate these cases to a national level in the hope that fresh leads or new information will surface so that the perpetrator – or perpetrators – are swiftly brought to justice.”
Each one-hour episode of The Vanishing Women will highlight the circumstances surrounding the disappearances as the facts and evidence are sifted through in order to discover what brought them to their tragic endings. What is known so far is that three of the women have been found dead in or close to bodies of water, one was found shot to death, and two are still missing. Anyone with information is asked to call the task force hotline at 740-774-FIND (3463) or email their information to findme@RossSheriff.com.
The two women who remain missing, Charlotte Trego and Wanda Lemons, haven’t been seen since 2014. Schleiff said he hopes the attention created by The Vanishing Women series helps to solve their cases.
According to News Net 5, Schleiff stated, “All of this has shone a klieg light on the world of mystery and suspense and true stories and crime. There’s never been a better time to be a leader of this business.”
The Vanishing Women will feature the story of Charlotte Trego, a 27-year-old mother of two, who was last seen on May 3, 2014, leaving her apartment on foot. She is five-foot-four with dark hair and blue eyes. She has a tattoo of the name “James” on her chest.
Wanda Lemons’ story will also be told on The Vanishing Women, and she was last seen on November 3, 2014. This 37-year-old mother of five is five-foot-seven with blue eyes and brown hair. She has family in Ohio and Texas and has been known to travel between the two states. Both she and Trego are still missing.
Another case The Vanishing Women will examine is that of 26-year-old Tiffany Sayre, a mother of two, who was last seen alive the evening of May 10, 2015. On June 20, 2015, her body was found in a creek bed along a rural highway. Her case remains open and has been ruled a homicide.
Shasta Himelrick was 20-years-old and pregnant. She disappeared on December 25, 2014, and her body was discovered in the Scioto River on January 5, 2015. Her case remains open, and her family believes she was murdered. The Vanishing Women will also examine the details of this case.
Timberly Claytor was 38-years-old and the mother of five. On the evening of May 28, 2015, she was last seen entering a vehicle at a Speedway gas station. The next morning, her body was discovered near a vacant shop. DNA evidence linked an ex-convict and sex offender to her murder, but this is still a case that will be followed by The Vanishing Women.
Tameka Lynch was 30-years-old and the mother of three, and she was last seen alive on East Second Street on the morning of May 19, 2014. Her body was discovered on a sandbar in Paint Creek on June 29, 2014. There are still many questions surrounding the circumstances of her death, which The Vanishing Women will look at, and the case remains open.
For those who would like more in-depth information on these cases, Discovery ID posted a caption to their Twitter page that says, “The true story of the dead and missing women in a small Ohio town.”
Along with the caption is a link to an Investigation Discovery magazine issue presenting Vanishing Women: The Official Companion Guide. This is a 100-page issue that covers the story and ties into what Investigation Discovery says will surely be the event of the year. The magazine also takes a look at other women who have disappeared throughout history.
What do you think about these mysterious disappearances and murders? Is a serial killer on the loose, or are these crimes perpetrated by separate individuals? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. As Investigation Discovery’s first serialized docu-series, the six-part series The Vanishing Women will premiere on Monday, June 6 at 10 p.m. ET.
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