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Darke, Mercer deputies searching farms, woods for missing woman

Published: Saturday, August 10, 2019 @ 6:38 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Shawna Rue Ressler
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UPDATE @10 a.m. Aug. 13

Shawna Rue Ressler remains missing this morning, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Ressler was last seen in Union City, Ohio, Friday morning.

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If you see Shawna Rue Ressler, her black Chevy Trailblazer bearing Ohio license tag GMK 7238 or have any information as to her whereabouts, please call the following: 

  • The Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020, or 
  • The Mercer County Sheriff's Office at 419-586-7724, or 
  • Your local law enforcement agency

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UPDATE @ 11:22 p.m. Aug. 12: Sheriff's detectives in two counties are asking property owners and farmers to check their property and acreage for any sign of Shawna Rue Ressler, last seen leaving Union City, Ohio, the morning of Aug. 4. 

Deputies from Darke and Mercer counties have spent the last two days searching state routes, county and township roads from northern Darke to southern Mercer, Darke County Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker said in a prepared statement. 

Police in Union City, Ohio, and Union City, Indiana, have worked with the deputies in Darke and Mercer the past few days, conducting investigative interviews and follow-ups in the search for Ressler and her vehicle, a black Chevy Trailblazer bearing Ohio license tag GMK 7238. 

Ressler, reported to have left Union City, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 4, about 11:50 a.m., never made it to an appointment she told people was in Celina -- approximately 35 miles north and east of Union City. 

Ressler has made no contact with her children, friends or family. 

According to friends and family this is out of character for her, especially the lack of contact with her young children. 

Again, If you see Shawna Rue Ressler, her Chevy Trailblazer or have any information as to her whereabouts, please call the following: 

  • The Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020, or 
  • The Mercer County Sheriff's Office at 419-586-7724, or 
  • Your local law enforcement agency

EARLIER REPORT (Aug. 10)

A 33-year-old woman last seen in Darke County is missing, and several law enforcement agencies are cooperating in an attempt to find her.

Shawna Lynn Rue Ressler has been missing since Aug. 3. Her family said she was from Versailles, but had recently moved to Union City.

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Initially, it was believed she was last in Mercer County, where she had visited her husband from 6:40 to 7 p.m. in the jail. 

However, “Shawna left the sheriff’s office in her black Chevy Trailblazer and there was no indication of any foul play as she left the sheriff’s office,” Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said in a prepared statement.

Later the same day, she reportedly dropped off her children at their grandmother’s house in Greenville.

If her last known whereabouts was not in Mercer County, it would not have jurisdiction. 

However, the Grey said his department will ensure the proper law enforcement agency is notified for anyone who has information on her whereabouts who contacts the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 586-7724.