Recent abductions, disappearances and killings of Ohio women




Ohio authorities have investigated a string of cases in recent years involving the abductions or disappearances and often the killings of women. Here's a look at some well-known ones:

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Anthony Sowell is on death row for the deaths of 11 women from 2007 to 2009. In November 2009, after a woman escaped from his Cleveland house and said she'd been raped, police began finding the remains of the women's mostly nude bodies wrapped in garbage bags and plastic sheets around there. Sowell was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated murder and other charges in July 2011.

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Ariel Castro was a former school bus driver who held three women captive in his Cleveland home for a decade and repeatedly raped them. The victims disappeared separately after accepting rides from Castro between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old, and Castro had a 6-year-old daughter with one of them. They escaped on May 6, 2013, when neighbors heard one of them yelling. Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years and hanged himself in prison.

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Michael Madison was sent to death row after his June 2016 sentencing for the kidnappings and murders of three women. Madison told police he strangled two of the women during fits of rage but couldn't remember killing the third. The women's bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags near his East Cleveland apartment in July 2013.

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The body of University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin was found in a cornfield on July 22, 2016, three days after she was last seen bicycling near her home just west of Toledo. James Worley, convicted in the 1990 abduction of a woman biking near Toledo, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder.

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Since May 2014, four women have died under suspicious circumstances in and around Chillicothe, and two other women remain missing. In July 2016, a jury found convicted sex offender Jason McCrary guilty of murder in a May 2015 shooting death, one of the cases explored in the TV documentary series "The Vanishing Women."

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Four people from Ashland were accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her preschool-age daughter from early 2011 until October 2012. The woman told authorities she was held captive for more than a year while her bank account was raided, she was forced to do housework and she was menaced with snakes and pit bulls. The four people, Dezerah McGuire (formerly Dezerah Silsby), Daniel Brown, Jordie Callahan and Jessica Hunt, were sentenced in 2014 to prison terms ranging from almost four years to 32 years.
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