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Investigators unearth evidence in 2010 case of missing woman 

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:50 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
By: Breaking News Staff, Chris Stewart

The missing persons case involving Nikki Lyn Forrest of Piqua continues as investigators are excavating in the rear of a property in Troy:

  • Two pieces of evidence have been found and will be sent to a crime lab
  • Tuesday’s search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators collected
  • Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, was four months pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010

UPDATE @ 10:13 p.m.: Investigators on the 2010 missing persons case involving Nikki Lyn Forrest unearthed two pieces of evidence Tuesday but did not reveal what the evidence was in their continuing quest to locate the woman.

Investigators digging in the rear of a property on Croydon Road in Troy said they planned to send the evidence to a crime lab.

“We have information that at the time close to her disappearance, she was at this residence,” Troy police Capt. Jeff Kunkleman said.

Police said they do not believe Forrest’s body was on the property where she once lived.

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Tammy Weddington, Nikki’s stepmother and guardian during her teenage years, said there have been probably four searches over the last seven years that Nikki has been missing.

“We need some closing,” she said. “Whomever had anything to do with the disappearance or death of her we need to find them.”

Kunkleman said so far, police have dug a hole that is 10 feet by 10 feet by 3 feet. They plan to dig up to another 2 feet.

Dan and Mickey Langston, of Troy, Forrest’s aunt and uncle, were at the dig site. 

“I hope she is preferably found alive and comes home, or if she’s not living I would like them to find her and give her a proper burial and service,” Mickey Langston said.

Kunkleman said Tuesday’s search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators received from new interviews and re-interviews.

Nikki’s boyfriend once owned the home on Croydon Road. It has changed ownership and has been taken through foreclosure over the years. The current owner is cooperating with the investigation.

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Kunkleman said the backyard search was focused on an area that would have been below a shed.

He said “human remain” dogs helped to narrow the backyard search.

“We want to bring some closure to the family if we can,” Kunkleman said. “If we don’t find her we want to eliminate this residence as a possibility.”

Mickey Langston said her niece was an upbeat and carefree person. 

“She had a lot of boyfriends and she was just looking for love and that’s what I’m afraid led to all this,” Mickey Langston said.

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We will update this story as we learn more.