Search to resume Thursday for missing woman in suburban Dayton park

FBI joins search for missing woman
Top: Chelsea Coe, Amber Flack, Amber Whitman. Bottom: Melinda Miller, Michelle Burgan, Brandy English
Top: Chelsea Coe, Amber Flack, Amber Whitman. Bottom: Melinda Miller, Michelle Burgan, Brandy English

MIAMISBURG, OH (FOX19) - The search will continue on Thursday for a 26-year-old woman who went missing nearly a year ago, authorities said.

Federal, state and local investigators will be in the third day of scouring Sugarcreek MetroPark for evidence related to the whereabouts of Chelsey Coe,

Sugarcreek MetroPark is located on Conference Road in Greene County, about an hour north of downtown Cincinnati.

Coe was last seen near the park in September 2017.

In May, the FBI, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Miamisburg Police searched Coe's last known address of 551 Lower Miamisburg Road property, authorities have said.

It's not clear what, if anything, they found or what led investigators to search the park this week.

Her mother, Shula, said she would be very grateful to know where her daughter is.

"It's been extremely stressful, I mean, there's not a day go by she's not mentioned in one way or form or remembered," she said.

Coe is one of six women who have been reported missing within a 35-mile radius in Middletown and surrounding areas like Greene County since 2016.

Officials with Middletown Police and the Butler County Sheriff's Office have said it's not clear if the cases are connected, but it doesn't appear to be that way, at least at this point.

All of the women have struggled with drug abuse and most have a history of prostitution, they note. That makes these cases more difficult to investigate.

Still, some in the community remain concerned and continue to wonder if the women were targeted.

The missing women are:

  • Brandy English, 41, of Middletown was last seen in May 2016. She was friends with another woman who went missing, Lindsay Bogan, 30.  Bogan's remains were found in July 2016 on a Madison Township farm. She was identified through dental records, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
  • Amber Whitmer, 30, of Springfield went missing a month later, in June 2016.
  • Amber Flack, 30, of Middletown disappeared in September 2017.
  • Melinda Miller, 47, of Middletown vanished in February 2017.
  • Michelle Burgan, 47, of Middletown was last seen in May 2017.
  • In September, Coe was reported missing from Miamisburg.

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