HANOVERTON, Ohio (WYTV) – A reportedly missing man is now facing charges after he was found safe with a woman on Monday morning.
James Artrup, 27, of Hanover Township, was reported missing by his girlfriend after he disappeared while fishing in Columbiana County late Sunday night.
According to Artrup’s girlfriend, Milissa Shaffer, he was supposed to be gone for 30 minutes after leaving at about 7:30 p.m. to go fishing at Guilford Lake. When he didn’t return, the woman searched the shoreline herself for about 90 minutes and then at about 10:45 p.m., she called the Sheriff’s Department after finding his fishing equipment by the shore. She told investigators that she was afraid her boyfriend drowned.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbiana County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and volunteers had been searching for Artrup all night and most of Monday morning, using ATVs and sonar.
Investigators said he was found with a female co-worker, Candy Ammon, who is also facing charges. Police contacted Amonn after she called off work Monday, claiming to have a “family emergency.” She told investigators that she hadn’t heard from Artrup, according to police. She was charged with falsification for allegedly giving police the wrong information about Artrup.
“He did not come to work today, obviously. We did some checking, we found that he may have possibly had another female friend. That female friend, we contacted on the telephone, she advised our office she picked up the individual around 8 p.m. last evening in this area,” said Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone.
Eventually, deputies determined Artup had spent the night with Ammon.
Artrup, who later called Wellsville Police to say that he was OK, is facing a making false alarm charge.
Artrup and Amonn were arrested at Amonn’s Wellsville home on Monday and are expected to be arraigned on the charges in court on Tuesday.
Investigators said the search for Artrup used a lot of resources and approximately 50 volunteers, who missed work Monday to assist with the search.
Afterward, Shaffer thanked everyone who helped search for her now ex-boyfriend.
“I just want to get it out there that I am extremely appreciative of all of the time and effort that was put into finding him,” Shaffer said.