Re: Update: missing (found) Ohio women
- From: "JonesieCat" <Long Ago@Far Away>
- Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 08:58:02 +1000
"Kris Baker" <kris.baker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
The property (right next to the freeway) was never searched, because it
I'm fascinated by this, because I can't figure out what went wrong with
TWO women...and why one of them died walking, only 600 feet from the car.
I bet the 68 yo driver had a heart attack which sent them into the
ravine/dry creek bed. And the 80 yo, she just not must not have been strong
enough to fight thru the "dense foliage". Wonder that the elements were like
there that day in April?
Wrong turn left women stranded
Hamilton Journal News
LEBANON - A missed exit and a rutted creek bed appear to have doomed two
women missing since April, police said Monday.
A hunter found what police believe are the skeletal remains of Mary Ellen
Walters, 68, and Ada Wasson, 80, on Sunday morning. The pair were last
seen April 19 believed to be headed toward Columbus or Carrollton, Ky., in
Wasson's car for a day of outlet shopping. They left from the Otterbein
Retirement Community on Ohio 741 in Turtlecreek Township, just west of
The silver, four-door Chevrolet Impala was found less than a quarter-mile
off southbound Interstate 71, just beyond an old farm road that paralleled
the busy highway and about 17 miles south of Carrollton, near
Campbellsburg, Ky., police said. The car had become stuck in a dried creek
bed. Walters' remains were found next to the car. Wasson's remains were
found approximately 600 feet south of the car in a clearing that is a
direct line from the car to the interstate.
Authorities believe Wasson attempted to walk for help.
There was no sign of foul play, authorities said.
"We believe (Walters and Wasson) missed an exit and attempted to turn
around," said Maj. John Newsom of the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
Newsom said the pair most likely left the highway after discovering their
error, and apparently tried to keep the interstate in sight while
attempting to turn around or find a state road that led to the outlet
Instead, the lost pair kept going on increasingly narrow paved roads
before driving onto an unpaved farm road, into an overgrown field and then
down a steep ravine into a dried creek bed, where their car became stuck
in the rutted surface.
"They were finished at that point," Newsom said.
The area where the women stopped was covered in dense foliage. In fact,
the Kentucky State Police post itself is less than a mile from the
secluded farm field where the women's remains were discovered.
"Even a low-flying aircraft would have had difficulty spotting them,"
Newsom said. "It was the worst of all possible circumstances for them to
end up where they did." Newsom said there was not a doubt in his mind that
the remains found were those of the women, but the Kentucky medical
examiner is in charge of identifying the women.
A hunter and his son spotted the car in a secluded field. Kentucky State
Trooper Chip Perry said the man and his son "were up in a tree stand, and
they saw the car and checked it out and called us." Police declined to
identify the owner of the farm or the hunters who discovered the women's
bodies. But Perry said police never searched the field because it was
privately owned. He did not know whether the owner of the farm had been in
the field since the women disappeared.
"I just felt like all the prayers have finally been answered," said
Wasson's sister, Jean Pierce-Jones. "I'm just relieved that they believe
they've found them."
The family and scores of volunteers from United Methodist churches in the
region and elsewhere scoured country roads in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky
after the women were reported missing.
Walters' husband, Joe, was in Florida tending to his mother on April 19.
The couple has three sons. Wasson was a widow.
"We're likely never to know exactly what happened," said Pierce-Jones, who
lives in Clermont County. "There's a lot of questions, and we just have to
put them to rest."
Walter's son-in-law, Brad Dixon, said there were many lessons to be
learned from the experience.
"Learn to cherish our loved ones," he said. "Don't hesitate to stop and
check in on a neighbor. Don't forget to carry a cell phone, and don't
forget to tell someone where you are going."
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