Person Of Interest Indicted In Death Of Ross County Woman

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UPDATE 

Ross County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew S. Schmidt announces that a Grand Jury has issued an indictment on 37 year old Jason A. McCrary for the death of Timberly D. Claytor.

The prosecuting attorney and Ross County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Friday to discuss details of the indictment.  Click here for our updated story.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

One woman murdered, three others missing, all in rural Ross County. Is there a connection?

That's the question investigators are trying to answer, and now they are asking for Federal help in their expanding investigation.

They say they aren't ruling out anything, including the possibility of a serial killer.

This was the scene last Friday afternoon at Trego Creek Road near Massieville Road.

A woman's body found, covered in blood, dumped in high weeds near an empty building.

Authorities identify the victim as 38-year-old Timberly Claytor. They say she was shot in the head three times.   

Saturday, about a mile from that scene, authorities surrounded a home in the 1100 block of Massieville Road. That's where they seized the vehicle they believe Claytor was killed in.

"Investigators recovered a great deal of evidence from the vehicle including blood, DNA, and a bullet," Ross County Sheriff George Lavender said.

They also arrested 36-year-old Jason McCrary, a registered sex offender, for failing to update his address information. But they call him a prime person of interest in Claytor's killing.

Is her death related to the disappearances of three other women?

"There's a common thread in terms of the places that the victims frequented and some of the people they were associated with,” Ross County Prosecutor Matthew Schmidt said.

Charlotte Trego was last seen in May of 2014. Wanda Lemons disappeared December 2014. Tiffany Sayre disappeared three weeks ago.

And last may Tameka Lynch was found dead in Paint Creek of an apparent overdose.

"I know that those of you in the media have talked  to some who have suggested that different people that are missing may know each other,” Schmidt said. “And that's something that we're looking at very seriously."

"Last week we asked for FBI assistance in the three missing women case,” Chillicothe Police Chief Keith Washburn said. “We're in the process now of forming a task force."

Authorities said they want the expertise of the FBI to help them compare notes with other local agencies investigating missing women cases, including Columbus and Scioto County.

Leading some to wonder, is this the work of a serial killer? Investigators aren't ruling it out.

"We've got too many young women missing. So you always want to look at that possibility," Lavender said.

Schmidt said there was a great deal of forensic evidence found in that vehicle.

They are waiting for test results on that, and looking at surveillance video of Claytor's final hours, before they look at any additional charges against Jason McCrary.

He's being held in the Ross County jail on $100,000 bond.

 

SLIDESHOW: View photos of the missing women