COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WYTV) – A man whose disappearance led to a widespread search of Guilford Lake Sunday night into Monday morning appeared in court on Tuesday, along with a woman who investigators said lied about his whereabouts.
James Artrup, 27, pleaded guilty to making false alarms, saying he “didn’t know what else to do” in a video arraignment on Monday. After the judge questioned whether he was sure about the plea, Artrup stressed that he would plead guilty.
Bond was set at $7,500, and a sentencing hearing was set at 1 p.m. May 23.
Police said Artrup told his girlfriend that he was going fishing for 30 minutes at Guilford Lake. After leaving at 7:30 p.m., Milissa Shaffer reported that Artrup never returned.
She searched the lake, finding his tackle box and fishing pole by the shoreline. Fearing he drowned, Shaffer calling police, prompting a search by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbiana County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and approximately 50 volunteers.
Artrup was found later with his co-worker, Candy Ammon, at her house. Police said Ammon lied about Artrup’s whereabouts when contacted by officers after she called off work for a “family emergency.”
She was charged with falsification.
Ammon also appeared in Columbiana County Municipal Court Tuesday, pleading not guilty to the charge and was given a court-appointed attorney.