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Worrying Finds After Woman Vanishes While Biking

Ohio authorities plead for help finding Sierah Joughin
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2016 2:27 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2016 6:03 AM CDT
Ohio Woman Vanishes While on Bike Ride
Sierah Joughin is seen in this photo released by police.   (Fulton County Sheriff)

Authorities in Fulton County, Ohio, are asking for the public's help after making some worrying finds in the search for a 20-year-old woman who disappeared Tuesday evening. University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin was last seen out riding with her boyfriend before they went different ways near a high school in Metamora around 6:45pm, NBC News reports. She was reported missing when she didn't come home that night, and police searching for her found her purple bike several rows into a cornfield, along with signs of a struggle. The FBI has joined the search, as have police in Michigan. Investigators say a "ping" from the missing woman's phone came from near the border with Michigan, a few miles from where the bike was found.

Police, who have cleared the boyfriend as a suspect, say Joughin is about 5 feet 5 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes; she was last seen wearing yellow shorts and a yellow tank top. They are trying to track both her phone and a Fitbit she was wearing when she disappeared. Family members say they're in a living nightmare and that there's no way Joughin would have run away or gone anywhere with somebody willingly. "We are struggling and trying to stay hopeful," her aunt tells People. "We just want her to come home safe and [whoever has her] to just leave her where she is and let us have her back." (Saturday update: Police think they've found Joughin's body, and have arrested a suspect.)

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