Update@12:45 p.m. (July 12):
Miamisburg police and FBI teams have concluded the search at Sugarcreek Reserve after searching the last areas they wanted to check. The park reopened around 11 a.m. when all the K-9 handlers and their dogs cleared the area.
Since authorities this week began closing Sugarcreek MetroPark for much of the day to search for evidence involving Chelsey Coe’s disappearance, patrons of the 618-acre site have stopped by only to find their routine interrupted.
On Thursday morning, park user Tina Moronell discovered her access to using the running trails blocked by the search, which has included more than 20 agents and officers from the FBI, Miamisburg police and MetroParks, along with search dogs.
“It’s disturbing to say the least,” the Washington Twp. resident said. “We think of the park as a place for families and recreation. You don’t think of it as a crime scene. So it’s quite disturbing.”
Moronell said she enjoys frequenting the park with running groups because its clean and safe.
“So it’s very family-oriented,” she said. “I don’t know what they’re going to find and I hope the mom will find peace and they can resolve the situation.”
Clues that led federal, state and local authorities to close a massive Greene County park this week to search for evidence linked to a missing Miamisburg woman did not come through a previous search, but were discovered recently, police said.
The search at Sugarcreek MetroPark – the third day of which continues this morning – tied to last year’s disappearance of Chelsey Coe was not prompted by items found in early May after authorities raided her last known address and searched neighboring properties, said Miamisburg Sgt. Jeff Muncy.
“A lot” of evidence found during the search on Lower Miamisburg Road is “still being processed. We haven’t got a lot of that back yet,” he said.
Instead, the search at the 618-acre park was prompted “through other things I’ve done throughout the investigation that led us here,” Muncy said.
He indicated authorities recently came across the clues when asked about the timing of the park search.
“….This is when we got the information and this is when we decided to do the search,” he said.
The investigation – which has involved the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and several other organizations – continues this morning as the search is set to resume at 6:30 a.m.
Muncy said the search – which has so far covered more than 400 acres – may end by noon.
Authorities have reason to believe the park may have been one of the last places Coe – who was 25 when she went missing – was seen before she disappeared.