Pike County investigators search two properties for 77-year-old woman
WAVERLY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
Pike County Sheriff deputies say 77-year-old Bernice Hayslip came to Pike County to stay with loved ones after a medical procedure in the summer of 2016.
Deputies said Hayslip hasn't been since and now they wonder if she might be a murder victim.
The Pike County Sheriff's Office began their search for the retired Adams County school bus driver after getting a tip from authorities after a traffic stop in Highland County.
"The suspect began talking about a possible missing person, and that's when we got involved," said Deputy William Stansbury of the Pike County Sheriff's Office.
Stansbury said cadaver dogs detected something Tuesday night on a Property along Lapperell Road. He said the property is owned by a person of interest in the Hayslip's case.
The county coroner was called to that location around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigators had also been looking at a property on Hackelshin Road for additional evidence.
Deputies said even though Hayslip was missing, someone continued to collect her retirement and social security checks.
Hayslip's daughter, 44-year old Tracy Sowards, was arrested on misuse of stolen credit cards, and will be in court on Tuesday, according to deputies. Detectives are also speaking with a man in connection to the case.
No other charges had been filed.