Mother of missing Chillicothe woman wishes deputies search would have turned up clues

A water search near Bainbridge didn't bring an end to the search for one of Chillicothe's missing women Friday. (WSYX/WTTE)

The mother of missing woman Wanda Lemons said she wants to return to the area where deputies were searching in rural Ross County this week.

Investigators said they got a call on the Missing Womens' Tip LIne leading them to the 1400 block of the country road near Bainbridge.

"I just feel like it's time for me to get the closure. It's maybe not what I want, I just feel like she is there," said Diana Willett about her daughter. While investigators did not find anything, Willett said they plan to go back with a drone once the leaves are off the trees.

Larry Hounsel lives near the search area and said the "hollers" are deep.

It's not far from where two other missing women's corpses were found by bodies of water near Bainbridge. Hounsel said he is keeping his 12 gauge shotgun ready.

"You never know about killers anymore or dope addicts or anything. This day and age you ain't safe to go out of the house anymore," said Hounsel.

Willett said she believes the bodies of her daughter and Charlotte Trego could both be found in the woods.

"I just have a gut feeling that in my heart that she is not with me anymore that they have probably killed her and done something with her body," said Willett.

Chris Reinsmith, a friend of Willett's said she is heartbroken it is taking so long to get answers.

"Somebody out there knows something, and they won't say anything, I think it's because they're scared," he said.

A candlelight vigil is planned in Yoctangee Park for 6 p.m. Sunday. Organizers said they want to bring awareness and closure to the missing women's cases.

"It's hard not knowing where she is at. It's an every day struggle and not a minute goes by in the day I don't wonder where she is at. I just have a gut feeling that in my heart that she is not with me anymore," said Willett.

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