Recovered body suspected to be Joughin


Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller announced Saturday that searchers have recovered a body that may be Sierah Joughin.

The body was transported to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

James Dean Worley, 57, of County Road 6 was arrested earlier this week on an abduction charge connected with Joughin’s disappearance. Joughin, a Metamora resident, disappeared during a bicycle ride Tuesday evening. Her bicycle was found in a cornfield on County Road 6, and authorities said there appeared to be a disturbance at the site.

Authorities, including the FBI and Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, had been searching Worley’s property, including a barn and a pond.

Miller offered little information during a brief news conference at the sheriff’s base at Evergreen schools. A spokesperson for Joughin’s family thanked the hundreds of volunteers who provided assistance.

Worley served prison time in the 1990s after attempting to abduct a Whitehouse woman on a country road by hitting her bicycle with a pickup truck, then attacking her and trying to force her into the vehicle. She escaped, and Worley was charged about two weeks later with the crime. He also has other criminal records,

Miller said previously that Worley is not talking to authorities. He is housed in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio in Stryker without bond. He made an initial appearance in Western District Court and claimed indigency, and requested an attorney.