Investigators believe body of Sierah Joughin has been found

Published: Jul. 22, 2016 at 11:19 AM EDT
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Authorities said in a news conference Saturday afternoon, they "strongly believe" the remains of missing 20-year-old Sierah Joughin have been found.

Remains were found around 6:15 Friday night in an area off of County Road 7.

Investigators are not giving many details at this time but it was reported earlier they were searching ponds and corn fields off CR 6 and the surrounding area.

Investigators also brought excavation equipment to the home of James D. Worley, 57 of Delta.

Worley is in custody at this time and additional charges against are pending.

Counselors are with the family and have asked for privacy.

13abc will update this story as more details become available.


Police say there have been new developments in the search for Sierah Joughin Friday night. Authorities will hold a news conference at 10:00 AM Saturday.

13abc is told the community search has been suspended until after the news conference.

There is still no sign of Sierah and the reward is $100,000 for information that lead to finding her.

Authorities say any tip from the public helps and the tip hotline is 419-335-4010 ext. 8.


A Fulton County man is behind bars today for his suspected connection in the disappearance of Sierah Joughin.

In a 5:00 PM press conference in Fulton County, investigators told 13abc that they are asking for tips from the public in regards to the disappearance of 20-year-old Sierah Joughin.

Investigators are also trying locate a motorcyclist who was seen in the general area of County Roads S or T and County Road 6 between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM on Tuesday July, 19.

The motorcyclist was wearing black clothing with an open faced helmet.

Furthermore, authorities said the suspect arrested on Thursday morning is currently not talking.

Dean Worley was arrested for abducting Joughin and was arraigned Thursday.

Officials declined to go into specifics involving evidence or theories about what happened. "There's definitively been evidence collected" according to the BCI.

Asked whether they believe Sierah is still alive, the BCI said they "have no reason to believe she is not."


In a 2:15 press conference Friday afternoon, Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller said there was enough probable cause to arrest James Dean Worley in connection with the disappearance of Joughin. Miller also said that there appears to be no previous connections between Worley and Joughin.

Worley was booked early this morning at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. Police documents list Worley's address as 10627 County Road 6 in Delta.

Court documents show Worley was arraigned by video in Fulton County Western District Court where he was charged with abduction in the third degree. He is being held without bound and the abduction charge could come with a five year prison sentence if found guilty.

Overall, the investigation appears to be focused on a barn at Worley's address. 13abc requested information from the Fulton County sheriff's office. A dispatcher told us the only information that would be released would have to come from the mobile command center at Evergreen High School.

13abc also called to get more information from the Fulton County prosecutor's office. A spokesperson told our investigative team to submit all questions in writing. We have emailed those questions to the prosecutor's office and have not heard back.

These developments come days after Sierah Joughin, 20, went missing from Fulton County. She was last seen riding a bicycle in the area. Her bike was recovered in a corn field about three to four rows deep, which is only about a half mile away from her home.

A spokesperson for the Joughin family tells 13abc there's now a $100,000 reward offered for information regarding the whereabouts of Sierah. You can report a tip to the Fulton County Sheriff at (419) 335-4010.

There is no confirmation at this time from authorities that these two investigations are releated.