Police, BCI search Huron County home for mom missing since 2017

Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 12:22 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2023 at 3:35 PM EST
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HURON COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Law enforcement officials executed a search warrant Thursday in connection with a mother of four missing since July 2017.

19 News has learned officials went to a home in Collins around 10:30 in the morning, looking for evidence in the case of Amanda Dean.

Property records show the home is owned by Frederick Reer Jr., Dean’s boyfriend’s father. Dean’s boyfriend has not been charged with any crimes.

The BCI spent about four hours at the home digging and sifting through evidence. There was also a cadaver dog on the property. Crime scene investigators left around 3:30 on Thursday afternoon.

Dean disappeared in July 2017 and was last seen in Collins.

Dean’s family claims Reer had been abusing her. According to police reports, in 2017 an anonymous caller reported that Reer had threatened to kill Dean.

Earlier this year, The Cleveland Family Center for Missing Children and Adults announced an anonymous donor is offering a $5,000 reward for information.

According to Sylvia Colon, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Cleveland Missing, Dean’s disappearance is under unusual circumstances.

Colon said her family was initially told by Huron County Sheriff deputies Dean was at a safe house and not missing.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) has been brought in to assist the Huron County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

The Huron county Sheriff issued the following statement in December 2022:

“On December 21, 2022, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office has officially reopened an investigation into Amanda D. Dean’s whereabouts. Ms. Dean entered into a safe house in 2017 and has not had contact with her family since. We have had conversations and a meeting with Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) agents and requested they review and continue the investigation. We have provided BCI with all the information available for their review.

Once it has determined who will officially be in charge of the investigation, that agency will designate an intermediary who will be the point of contact with the family. We will have no further comments during this investigation.”