Mother of missing woman surprised by police search of Greene County park

Federal, state and local investigators searched a massive Greene County park Tuesday in the disappearance of a Miamisburg woman, prompting her mother to say she was surprised and called the lack of notice upsetting.

The latest search regarding Chelsey Coe – who was 25 when she was reported missing last year — includes the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Miamisburg police and “multiple K9 teams,” according to police.

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This search began about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at the 618-acre Sugarcreek MetroPark on Conference Road in Bellbrook, where closing signs were posted, authorities said. The park will be closed through Thursday, officials said.

“The purpose of this was to continue searching for any evidence as it relates to the whereabouts of Chelsey Coe,” according to a short statement released Tuesday by Miamisburg police.

“Search efforts are planned to last until 3 p.m. (Tuesday) and reconvene on Wednesday and Thursday for the same period of time. There are no further details,” according to police.

Coe’s mother, Shula Woodworth, said Tuesday she had no contact with law enforcement about the search at the Greene County park.

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“It’s upsetting, really,” Woodworth told this news organization, noting that she has not heard from law enforcement about the investigation of her daughter in “some time,” perhaps as far back as May.

A similar search occurred in Miamisburg beginning May 1, months after Woodworth reported her daughter missing in September 2017.

“When they were digging, I knew they were going to do that - on the property” in Miamisburg, she said. “That’s all they’ve pretty much told me. They haven’t informed me of anything else.”

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On May 1, Coe’s last-known address on Lower Miamisburg Road was raided and excavated. More than a dozen FBI, Ohio BCI, Miamisburg police and crews from the south suburban Tactical Crime Suppression Unit were part of that search, authorities said.

That search began about 8 a.m. after authorities closed a portion of the road, and it ended that day after about 14 hours.

They resumed May 3 and the search lasted about 10 hours. Authorities used excavation equipment to dig up land on that property and land behind it, and also used ground-penetrating radar and canine units.

Few details have been released on what evidence authorities have found on Lower Miamisburg.

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Miamisburg Police Chief John Sedlak said that week: “We will be analyzing and evaluating the items seized during the searches….to determine where that may lead us. It is too early to determine that at this time.”

Neighboring properties were also searched with the approval of “extremely cooperative” owners, Sedlak has said.

During the Lower Miamisburg Road search, Miamisburg Sgt. Jeff Muncy said they had a “strong person of interest” in the case, but have identified him only as a male.

Sedlak said then that person has “not specifically” been cooperative with authorities.

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Woodworth has said she needs to know what happened to her daughter and said Tuesday she needs some closure.

This spring, Miamisburg police said they have no specific knowledge of Coe’s death. At that time, Sedlak said police were holding out “hope” that the missing woman would “show herself.”

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