Law enforcement searching for missing woman in Sugarcreek MetroPark, police confirm

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 9:47 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

Miamisburg Police Chief John Sedlak talked to the local media Tuesday about what they are searching for in the Sugarcreek Reserve.

UPDATE @6 p.m.:

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Coe’s mother, Shula Woodworth, said Tuesday she had no contact with law enforcement about the search at  Sugarcreek MetroPark.

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“It’s upsetting, really,” Woodworth told this news organization, noting that she has not heard from law enforcement about the investigation of her daughter in “some time,” perhaps as far back as May.

A similar search occurred in Miamisburg beginning May 1, months after Woodworth reported her daughter missing in September 2017.

“When they were digging, I knew they were going to do that - on the property” in Miamisburg, she said. “That’s all they’ve pretty much told me. They haven’t informed me of anything else.”

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On May 1, Coe’s last-known address on Lower Miamisburg Road was raided and excavated. More than a dozen FBI, Ohio BCI, Miamisburg police and crews from the south suburban Tactical Crime Suppression Unit were part of that search, authorities said.

UPDATE @12:46 p.m.:

The search today of a a local park is in connection with the disappearance of Chelsey Coe, Miamisburg Police Chief John Sedlak confirmed this afternoon. The search is expected to go on for up to three days, he said. 

The search started in the park about 6:30 Tuesday morning, and law enforcement officials are looking for any evidence related to Coe’s whereabouts, according to a press release. 

The search is expected to last until about 3 p.m. each day. 

UPDATE @ 10:43 a.m.:

Miamisburg police, the FBI and cadaver dogs are on the scene at Sugarcreek MetroPark, which is closed to the public.  

Officials have not said what prompted the investigation, but the same agencies earlier this year were involved in multiple days searching for Chelsey Coe, who was 25 in September 2017 when her mother reported her missing from Miamisburg. 


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Sugarcreek MetroPark will be closed through Thursday, according to a note posted on its website. We have made multiple attempts to reach Miamisburg police for comment and are awaiting a response.

“We are conducting law enforcement activity in the area,” said Todd Lindgren, spokesman for the FBI.  “(I) have no more details to provide at this time.”

Miamisburg police have been investigating the Coe case since 2017 and in early May raided a property at 551 Lower Miamisburg Road. 

That week, Miamisburg Sgt. Jeff Muncy said they had a “strong person of interest” in the case, but have identified him only as a male. 

Police Chief John Sedlak said that person has “not specifically” been cooperative with authorities. 

On May 1, More than a dozen FBI, Ohio BCI, Miamisburg police and crews from the south suburban Tactical Crime Suppression Unit were part of the search, authorities said. That search, which included excavation, began about 8 a.m. and ended that day after about 14 hours. 

They resumed May 3 and the search last about 10 hours. Authorities used excavation equipment to dig up land at 551 and 565 Lower Miamisburg and also used ground-penetrating radar and canine units. 

Few details have been released on what evidence authorities have found on Lower Miamisburg. 

Sedlak said that week “we will be analyzing and evaluating the items seized during the searches….to determine where that may lead us. It is too early to determine that at this time.” Coe’s mother, Shula Woodworth of Adams County, reported her daughter missing last September after not hearing from Coe for a couple of months. 

At that time, she was described as 5-foot-7, 150 pounds with blue eyes, blonde hair with a “Love” tattoo on her hip, and one of stars on her lower back, according to police.

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.: Miamisburg police, the FBI and cadaver dogs are on the scene at Sugarcreek Metropark.

INITIAL REPORT: The Sugarcreek Metropark is closed to the public this morning and at least one police cruiser is on the scene.

We’re working to learn the reason for the closure.

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Victim in Springfield homicide identified 

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

Police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that killed Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. The shooting occured in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

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Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Edley who was shot multiple times according to police. 

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No arrests have been made in this shooting and police currently do not have a description of any suspects. 

We will continue to update this story with any information we receive. 

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Passing storms expected through the evening; flood advisory for Darke County

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Showers and thunderstorms are expected for our Monday, but a much drier change is on the way.
    • Flood Advisory until 7:30 p.m. for Darke County - Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained roads will occur along with minor flooding of farmland near waterways.
    • Scattered storms to taper off after dark
    • Cooler, less humid air arrives for midweek
    • Unsettled weather returns for the coming weekend

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>>Five-Day Forecast


This evening: Expect passing showers and storms. A few may contain gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be in the 80s but fall into the 70s where rainfall occurs.

Overnight: Any lingering showers will taper off with clouds breaking. Temperatures and humidity will drop with lows in the upper 60s by morning.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Tuesday: Skies will become mostly sunny. It will be warm but less humid with highs in the middle 80s.

Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with much less humidity. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.

Thursday: Expect another nice day under mostly sunny skies. Highs will rebound back into the middle 80s.

Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for scattered showers and storms developing by afternoon. The humidity will also be on the rise with highs in the middle 80s. 

Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially in the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Dayton police continue to investigate shooting death of 70-year-old man

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE@4:38 p.m.:

Dayton police on Monday afternoon declined to comment on the relations between the victim and the suspect. However, officers acknowledged that both men lived at the address where the shooting occurred. 

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They’re working on the motivation, putting the case together to present for the consideration of change,” Lt. Jason Hall said of investigators. 

Residents at the apartment complex expressed shock at Lawrence’s death, saying the 70-year-old worked around the complex.

“He was a neighborhood maintenance man, he spoke to the kids, if you needed help, he was there to help, really sad and unfortunate,” said one woman who asked not to be identified.

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Most residents at the complex seem to think Lawrence was killed while sitting on a couch, something police did not confirm Monday.  They’re not sure why Simpson would shoot him but say, if he did, it just doesn’t make any sense.

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m.: 

A woman, who identified herself as the mother of a 19-year-old arrested on a murder charge, called police after receiving a call from her son, according to a 911 call obtained by this news outlet. 

“I just left work. He called me and said ‘come home,’” the woman said. 

“And he said he shot someone, my roommate.”

The call ends with the woman saying she arrived at home followed by “Oh my God,” before the line disconnects. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 


A 19-year-old man has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder after a reported shooting at a Dayton home Sunday morning. 

Officers and medics were dispatched around 7:30 a.m. to the home in the 3700 block of Lakebend Drive on reports of a person shot, according to dispatch records. 

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A man listed as the victim in a Dayton police incident report was identified as Robert Lawrence, 70, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. His cause and manner of death were still under investigation, according to officials. 

A man arrested at the scene, identified as Markell Simpson, 19, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder, according to jail records. 

Additional details were not available. We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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 Off-duty Troy firefighter dies unexpectedly

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

An off-duty Troy firefighter/paramedic passed away unexpectedly Friday evening.

Jason Holfinger, 38, died unexpectedly at his Covington home, according to his obituary.

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He is survived by his wife and three children.

Holfinger joined the Troy Fire Department in 2013.

Grief counseling has been offered to Troy firefighters.

Visitation will be at Koinos Christian Fellowship Church in Troy on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.

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A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.  at the church.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

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