CRIME

Sheriff Says 'Too Many Women' Are Missing From Small Ohio City

06/23/2015 04:56 pm ET | Updated Aug 18, 2015
Chillicothe Police Department

The death of Tiffany Sayre -- the latest women to turn up dead in a small Southern Ohio city plagued by a rash of unexplained disappearances -- has been ruled a homicide.

"We've got too many women missing in our community, and it's time to get some answers," Ross County Sheriff George Lavender said during a Monday press conference.

Two people walking along Cave Road in Highland County discovered Sayre's body on Saturday, near a culvert along Paint Creek.

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According to the sheriff's office, Sayre was found partially exposed in a white sheet with duct tape nearby. Her cause of death has been ruled a homicide, but the manner of death has not yet been released.

Tiffany Sayre is one of six women from the Chillicothe area who have disappeared in the past 13 months. Three of the six have been found dead in or near different creeks and streams. One of the six was found shot to death, and two are still missing.

Sayre's funeral is Thursday. She leaves behind two daughters, ages 6 and 2. She was 26. Her family has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover burial expenses. Anyone interested in donating can do so by clicking here.

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The other two missing women have been identified as 27-year-old Charlotte Trego, a mother of two missing from Chillicothe since May 3, 2014, and 37-year-old Wanda Lemons, a mother of five who disappeared from the city on Nov. 3, 2014.

Each of the women, according to police, were involved in the same social circles. It is also believed they knew the three others who have been found dead: Tameka Lynch, Shasta Himelrick and Timberly Claytor.

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Lynch, a mother of three, disappeared in Chillicothe on May 3, 2014, the same day Trego was last seen alive. The 30-year-old was found dead on May 24, 2014, in a creek roughly 20 miles downstream from where it passes through Chillicothe. The site is not far from where Sayer's body was found on Saturday.

A 20-year-old expectant mother, Himelrick was last seen by her family on Christmas Day 2014. Roughly a week later, searchers found her body in the Scioto River, not far from Higby Bridge in southeastern Ross County.

Timberly Claytor was a 38-year-old mother of five who was found shot to death on May 29, alongside a vacant building off Trego Creek Road in Massieville, a small town located about five miles south of Chillicothe.

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Jason McCrary, 36, has been named the prime suspect in Claytor's death, but has not officially been charged with a crime in connection with the case.

Sheriff's offices in Ross and Highland Counties are investigating the cases, along with assistance from the Chillicothe Police Department, Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI.

Speaking at Monday's press conference, Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said it could take six to eight weeks for the coroner's office to complete its investigation into Sayre's death.

"At this point it's still under investigation," Barrera said. "The time frame on the body being there is unknown at this time."

Lavender said it's too soon to tell if a serial killer is responsible for any of the deaths or disappearances.

"We're not going to rule out anything," Lavender said. "When you start ruling things out, you overlook stuff, and we don't want to overlook anything."

Anyone with information in any of these cases is asked to call Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-8477. Tips can also be submitted via their website at www.southernohiocrimestoppers.com.

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