State to look at cases of 6 missing women, including 4 from Middletown

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

4 women are missing from Middletown

Police are taking a closer look at the cases of six women, including four from Middletown, who have been reported missing in the past year.

“We are going to ask (the Bureau of Criminal Investigation) to come in and take a look, do some analysis to see if there is any connection at least in the Middletown women,” Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve told this news outlet. 

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The six missing women all live within a 35-mile radius from cities along Interstate 71/75.

They are: 

  • Amber Whitmer, 30, missing June 6, 2016 from Springfield
  • Amber Flack, 30, missing Sept. 1, 2016 from Middletown
  • Melinda (Oney) Miller, 47, missing Feb. 19 from Middletown
  • Michelle Burgan, 47, missing May 16 from Middletown
  • Chelsey Coe, 25, reported missing in August from Miamisburg
  • Reeve said he has talked with a detective from Miamisburg about Coe, but at this point the department is not actively working with other police agencies.

    That’s because other than the proximity there does not seem to be a solid connection, he said.

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    “Other than them just being in the same general area that’s about it for a connection. Some of the women who are missing we heard rumors that they are associated with different incidents, but it is just rumor,” he said. “Until we find them though, we really can’t dismiss anything. That is the frustrating thing, when somebody has rumors or they start a rumor. Can’t prove they are interrelated until we find them”

    Reeve said all the women are adults with a history of drug abuse, and some were homeless and had a history of prostitution.

    “It’s possible they moved on,” Reeve said. “Because they have drug backgrounds it is very possible they overdosed, but because the are getting into cars with strangers, we can’t say that anything bad didn’t happen to them.”

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    Detectives said it is possible English’s disappearance could be related to Lindsay Bogan, who went missing from Middletown two years ago and whose skeletal remains were found more than a year ago in a field on a Madison Twp. farm.

    English made it known to others she was helping police in their investigation of Bogan’s death, police told this news outlet last October. There have been no sightings of English since her disappearance.

    Owl turns routine oil change into real hoot

    Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

    An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.
Salem NH Police Department
    An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.(Salem NH Police Department)

    A mechanic in New Hampshire attempting to perform an oil change Friday found a surprise guest on the car's engine.

    An Eastern Screech owl was discovered on the engine, according to a Facebook post by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department. 
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    Police said the owl was friendly and easy to handle, but did appear to be a bit lethargic. While the car owner told police they had no idea how the bird got in the car, it's believed the owl sought the car's engine for warmth, or perhaps while chasing a mouse.

    The owl, which police named Shazam, was taken to On the Wing, a wildlife rehabilitation center.

    2-month-old boy found dead at Dayton home

    Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

    Dayton 2-month-old found dead in home

    UPDATE @ 2:25 p.m.

    The child found dead this morning was 2 months old, according to a Montgomery County Coroner’s investigator.

    The investigator also said the Dayton child’s name is spelled Silas Snyder. An autopsy has not yet been performed, he said, and a preliminary cause of death is not available.


    A 3-month-old boy was found dead this morning on a love seat inside his home.

    Police and medics were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to the 600 block of Bowen Street after a woman said she found the baby unresponsive.

    The baby, identified as Sylas P. Snyder, was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. and was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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    According to a Dayton police report, the mother told police when she got home from work at midnight Sylas was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. At 3 a.m. when she checked on him, she said he was fine.

    The baby’s grandmother said she checked on Sylas around 8:30 a.m., and found him on his belly. She rolled him over, noticed he was cold to the touch and immediately called 911, according to the report.

    The infant’s death remains under investigation.

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    No injuries reported in Franklin house fire

    Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

            Franklin fire engine / FILE
    Franklin fire engine / FILE

    Franklin firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1100 block of South Main Street early Saturday afternoon.

    The fire at the two-story single-family house was called to 911 about 12:16 p.m.

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    Dispatchers said that no injuries were reported in the blaze.

    This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

    Crews battle fire in Dayton home; 1 injury reported

    Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
    Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:50 AM

    Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire.

    UPDATE @9:51 a.m.

    Fire officials said a child escaped injury and a woman suffered burns to her feet in a Dayton house fire.

    The fire in the first block of South Westview Avenue was contained to a bedroom, according to officials. The cause is under investigation.

    The woman and two-year-old child were in the front lawn when they arrived on scene.

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    At least one person has been injured after a fire broke out in a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

    Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire. 

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    First units on scene said one person inside the home was injured and requested to a medic to the scene. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

    Firefighters also reported smoke showing from the structure when they arrived, according to initial reports. 

    We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more.