ROSS COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Ross County Sheriff Department is investigating if accused serial killer Shawn Grate to several missing women cases in the south of Columbus area. They are working with the BCI and the Ohio Missing Women's Task Force on the issue.
There were originally six women under investigation in Chillicothe. One of those women (Timberly Claytor) was shot and a suspect was convicted. One appeared to have committed suicide in a car (Shasta Himelrick), another appeared to have died from multiple intoxicants as an overdose (Tameka Lynch). Two women are still missing and another was murdered (see below).
Ross Counties cases involve, Tiffany Sayre, 26, Lynch, 30, Charlotte Trego, 27, Shasta Himelrick age 20, Wanda Lemons, 37 and Claytor, age 30, all of the Chillicothe area and were reported as missing and in some cases found deceased between June 2014 and May 2015.
Of those six cases, one suspect has been arrested and convicted for the shooting death of Claytor but has not been connected to any of the others. Lynch reportedly died to overdose of multiple intoxicants. It's unknown if her case will be reopened. Himelrick reportedly committed suicide. Sayre's body was found but no suspects and Lemons and Trego remain missing to this date.
The Ross County Sheriff's Office says so far there are no connections linking Grate to their cases, but they are still investigating.
Ross County victims missing/dead:
Grate has been charged for the deaths of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith who were found inside of a home in Ashland on Sept. 13, 2016 when a third woman called 9-1-1 claiming to have been abducted. Grate then confessed to killing a woman in Richland County, Ohio and leaving her body in a wooded area. Cleveland 19 has identified her by sources as Candice Cunningham of Canton, OH. Grate also confessed to murdering a woman in Marion, OH but can't remember her name. The Jane Doe's body was found in 2007 and was allegedly Grate's first kill. Mansfield Police have reopened the death case of Rebekah Leicy, who was originally reported as an overdose death. Grate has reportedly given police information on her death as well.
Information below provided by the Ross County Missing Person Joint Task Force
Wanda Lemons is a w/f, 5'07" 135 pounds brown hair and blue eyes. She was reported on 11/3/14. Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call Ofc. C. King with the Chillicothe, OH police department at 740-773-1191.
Charlotte Trego is a w/f, 5'4" 160 lbs with dark brown hair and blue eyes. She was reported missing on 5/18/14. Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call Ofc. C. King with the Chillicothe, OH police department at 740-773-1191.
Tiffany Sayre was reported missing on 5/11/2015 and her body was found a month later located in Highland County, OH near Cave Road. The body was wrapped in a sheet. Anyone with information in this case can contact investigators by using the above listed methods. Tips to Crimestoppers could result in a reward up to $5,000 for tips leading to arrests.
Tameka Lynch - Southern Ohio Crimestoppers is also offering a reward up to $5,000 for any information in regards to missing person Tameka Lynch, who was found deceased. Ms. Lynch was reported missing in May of 2014. Several days later, the body of Ms. Lynch was recovered in the Paint Creek area of Bainbridge, OH.
Anonymous tips can be made through Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers by calling (740)773-TIPS or (800)222-TIPS, by texting keyword LOWDOWN to CRIMES (274637).
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