Monday, May 22, 2017

Mystery Monday: Sierah Joughin

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



On July 19, 2016, University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin decided to go for a bicycle ride with her boyfriend. It would be the last time she was seen alive.



During their bicycle ride, Sierah's boyfriend posted this haunting photo of the two of them on Snapchat.



Around 6:45 pm, the two separated. Sierah was supposed to go directly to her house, but she never showed up. During the search that followed, they discovered her bicycle in a cornfield close to the area where her boyfriend left her.



Three days later, police found Sierah's body in a cornfield. Her hands and feet were bound and the cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation.



James Worley was arrested for the crime. While Worley had no connection to Sierah, his home had evidence he may have killed others. There was a room designed for "holding humans against their will" and a bloody wall and freezer.



In 1990, Worley plead guilty for attacking and abducting a woman on a bicycle. He served time for that crime, but was released in 1993.



To learn more about this case, the media looked into the previous abduction, since it seems to have been similar in nature. According to the victim, Robin Gardner, Worley forced her off the road, then dragged her to his vehicle, where he handcuffed her. She managed to get away...Sierah Joughin wouldn't be so lucky.


Robin Gardner today Image credit: Toledo Blade
Currently, police are looking into other cases that might be linked to Worley.

28 comments:

  1. Obviously three years wasn't long enough. This is why I worry about my wife going somewhere by herself, even in a car.

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    1. I probably sound naive, but I always thought you'd be safe on a bicycle. Even worse, I thought you'd be safe RUNNING! I figured attackers would go after people walking, and only on deserted trails. This was on the road...I assume it probably wasn't heavily traveled, though. But I keep hearing stories of people who were abducted while riding bicycles. I think I'll stay off a bicycle!

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  2. We live in such a wonderful world, which should be enjoyed and explored - not ruined by evil, wicked people. Poor, beautiful girl. So sad.

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    1. I hate it that so many bad things exist in this world. Maybe they make us appreciate the beautiful things even more.

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  3. So sad how she died. There are some scary people out there. Glad this one got caught and hope he is not let out of prison this time.

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  4. I agree with the others commenting above. This is very sad

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  5. If the killer was caught...how is this a mystery?? Did the boyfriend notice anyone following them? She had to have stopped to either fix her shoes or something, or her bike or maybe the killer was "asking for directions."

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    1. I removed the paragraph that said, "Every week I'll be covering a new mystery--some that have been solved and some that remain solved to this day." So sometimes I do post a resolution.

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  6. One thinks twice about leaving home these days.

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    1. I agree! But I'd say of all the people who ride their bikes, the number who end up having bad things happen is seriously small. I think sometimes we're just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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  7. Did they release him for lack of evidence? Is he still out? That may be the true mystery.

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    1. He served three years (1990-1993) for trying to abduct a woman on a bicycle. I assume that wasn't enough of a crime to merit real time, sad to say. He's currently in jail awaiting trial, which is set for January 2018--he possibly faces the death penalty. Hopefully they'll learn whether or not he had other victims and he'll be forced to answer to those, as well.

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  8. Hi Steph - gosh 3 years isn't long ... and how on earth can people be so cruel ... terribly sad ... I certainly hope he's put away again ... not nice at all - Hilary

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    1. I really wish we were AT LEAST as harsh on people who attack/murder others as we are on drug dealers.

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  9. How awful. That man could be another Ted Bundy. I read that a movie about Bundy will be made. It's supposed to focus on the psychological aspects of his crimes and not the crimes themselves. However, if my daughter had been killed by that man, I wouldn't want a movie to be made about him.

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    Janie

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    1. "The Deliberate Stranger" was a pretty popular Ted Bundy movie back in the day. Ann Rule also wrote "The Stranger Beside Me," which was her first true crime book (she became a true crime queen!). Ann worked with Ted Bundy at a help line back in the day. Anyway, the funny thing about that whole thing is that Mark Harmon played Ted Bundy in the movie and Ann said after that, she was surprised how many of her readers thought Ted Bundy actually looked like Mark Harmon. I still pictured him looking like Mark Harmon until I read her book a few years ago and really paid attention to how he looked. Even now, I see Mark Harmon in my mind when people talk about how "good looking" Ted Bundy was!

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    2. Some people who knew him said they couldn't describe what Ted Bundy looked like because his appearance changed constantly, and not because of disguises--seemingly he willed it!

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  10. I agree that the photo the boyfriend took and posted is very haunting. Sad and frightening!

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    1. That picture was what really got my attention when I first heard the story. I knew it would make a good Mystery Monday post.

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  11. I can't believe he only served three years! Wow. I need to be more careful. Sigh. It's so sad :(

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    1. Isn't that the truth? I was listening to a podcast about a woman and her daughter who were kidnapped while walking to their car in a parking garage. The guy kept them in the trunk for a while, then the closet...my worst nightmare. So now I don't want to go to parking garages!

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  12. This is so sad. It almost seems as if nothing is safe anymore and it's better to stay in the house. The thought of things happening in broad daylight is frightening. Hugs...

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  13. Law enforcement is very week in our parts, and that's worrying.

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  14. Three years seems to be just a slap on the wrist for such a serious crime. Makes me think the codes that classify particular crimes needs to be re-evaluated, so that the time would fit the crime.

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  15. Sounds like that guy might have been a serial killer in the making. Probably a good thing he's being investigated.

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  16. So, so sad!! This guy should have been still locked up!!!

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