The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has charged a county resident with abduction in connection to Metamora resident Sierah Coughin’s disappearance.
James Dean Worley, 57, of 10627 County Road 6, was arrested early last Friday on a charge of abduction and booked into the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio in Stryker without bond at 3:41 a.m.
He was arraigned in Common Pleas Court Friday, and faces his next court hearing Wednesday, July 27, at 1:15 p.m.
Coughin, 20, disappeared Tuesday, July 19, while riding a purple bicycle. She was last seen at the corner of County Road 6 and County Road S. The bicycle was found after midnight Wednesday on County Road 6, in a cornfield about a half-mile from her home. A disturbance appeared to have occurred at the site.
At a Friday afternoon news conference, Sheriff Roy Miller said Worley’s arrest was made after authorities canvassed the neighborhood and “good, old-fashioned police work.” Earlier, authorities searched a barn on Worley’s property for evidence, and continue to search the property.
Miller declined to say what clues led to Worley’s arrest. “All I can say is we had enough probable cause for the prosecutor to believe we could file those charges, and that’s what we’ve done,” he said.
Coughin was still missing Friday, and Miller said the search would continue into the night, using dive teams in ponds and boats with sonar. He said they would be backed by air searches, and ground searchers will retrace their steps in case any evidence was overlooked.
At this time, there appears to be no connection between Worley and Coughin, and the cases may not be related, Miller said.
The sheriff’s office is asking for any information concerning a motorcyclist wearing a black, open-faced helmet who may have been in the County Road 6 area between 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Call 419-335-4010 with that or any other tips.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.