Remains of missing University of Toledo student believed found; man arrested in disappearance

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FULTON COUNTY, Ohio – Authorities believe they’ve found the remains of a University of Toledo student who disappeared last week.

Sierah Joughin, 20, would have been a junior at the school. She was last seen Tuesday when she was riding her bike about 20 miles west of Toledo, according to the Toledo Blade. Investigators found her bike in a cornfield and her family filed a missing person’s report.

Crews found remains Friday night near a rural county road and said they “strongly believe” they belong to Joughin, according to Fulton County (Ohio) Sheriff Roy Miller.

Autopsy results have not yet been released in the case, and police haven’t released any details about Joughin’s death. A positive identification of the remains has not yet been made, police said.

Police arrested James Worley, 57, on an abduction charge related to Joughin’s disappearance. Miller expected additional charges to be filed against Worley in the case and said the investigation was “far from over.”

Worley was convicted in connection with the 1990 abduction of a 26-year-old woman, police said.

Police were continuing to search for evidence and encouraged anyone with information to contact authorities.

According to the University of Toledo, Joughin was a student at the College of Business and Innovation who was studying human resource management.

In a statement, university president Sharon Gaber expressed condolences to Joughin’s family and said the university’s counseling center was available for students.

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