Ross Co. missing women task force is looking for a “person of interest.”


By Frank Lewis

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While it hasn’t been in the national headlines in recent weeks, the case of the missing women from Ross County is still utmost in the minds of authorities and now the work of a task force involved in that case has enlarged its activities.

Ross County Sheriff George W. Lavender, Jr, and Chillicothe Police Chief Keith Washburn, with the Missing Women’s Task Force are now seeking information on a wanted felon they are identifying as Ernest J. Moore,39, A.K.A. “Dollar Bill”. A nationwide warrant has been issued declaring Moore as a “parole violator at large.”

Moore is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 205 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Lavender and Washburn as well as the Missing Women’s Task Force also say they consider Moore as a “person of interest” in the drug trade and at risk Women involved in Human Trafficking in the central and southern Ohio area.

In June of 2015, the body of a missing Ross County woman, Tiffany Sayre, 26, was found.

At the time, Lavender and Washburn said investigators from the Ross County/Chillicothe Missing person’s Task Force along with investigators from Ohio BCI, responded to Cave Road in Highland County, just outside Ross County where the Highland County Sheriff’s Office had recovered the body of an unidentified female.

The body was reportedly taken to the Highland County Coroner’s Office for identification and an autopsy. The coroner’s office subsequently reported to Task Force authorities that it was the body of Sayre, one of three women who had been missing from Ross County. Sayre went missing from Chillicothe on May 11, 2015.

Charlotte Trego, missing since May 2014, and Wanda Lemons, who disappeared in December 2014, remain missing. Earlier in the month authorities were looking into tying the three missing women into the case of Timberly Claytor, found shot to death near Massieville Road.

Anyone with information should contact the Missing Women’s Task Force at 740-774-FIND (3463), [email protected], the Ross County Sheriff’s Office at 740-773-1185, the Chillicothe Police at 740-773-1191, or Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-TIPS (8477).

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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