In the summer of 2016, SARAH Joughin was kidnapped.
People are now interested in learning more about her case and Robin Gardner’s case.
Who was Sierah Joughin?
Twenty-year-old Sierah Joughin attended the University of Toledo in Ohio.
Josh Kolasinski was her boyfriend, and they had been dating for a while.
What happened to her?
On the evening of July 19, 2016, Joughin rode her bicycle home from her boyfriend’s house and vanished, as ABC News reported.
For a portion of the journey, Kolasinski had followed her on his motorcycle; but, at her request, the two broke up near her Metamora, Ohio, home.
He told the outlet: “I remember exactly what I said. I kissed her, I told her I loved her and to text me when she got home.”
Subsequently, a farmer who found the bloodstained helmet on the side of the road the night Joughin vanished gave it to the investigators.
Following Kolasinski’s exclusion from consideration as a suspect, authorities investigated James Worley, a resident of Joughin’s road.
Investigators claimed that after they arrived at Worley’s house, he acted strangely toward them, as the site stated. He also said things that implicated him.
ABC News was informed by FBI agent Devon Lossick in Cleveland that Mr. Worley made a comment on his motorcycle riding style. And there are problems with his bike.
However, when Joughin did not arrive home, her family called the police.
That same evening, a sheriff’s deputy located her purple bicycle in a cornfield a half mile away from the home, per ABC News.
Authorities searched the cornfield and found multiple clues, including a screwdriver, a set of fuse boxes, a sock, men’s sunglasses, motorcycle tracks, “and evidence of a struggle indicated by broken cornstalks and cornstalks with streaks of blood on them.”
“It sputters out. He goes into a cornfield. And he mentions that he lost his helmet, his fuses, his screwdriver and his sunglasses.
“I kind of had to stop my jaw from falling. None of that had been released to the media yet.”
Authorities searched Worley’s barn according to a search warrant. According to the article, they discovered an abandoned, blood-stained freezer hidden beneath and a box full of women’s underwear.
Worley was detained and accused of robbing Joughin on July 22, 2016.
Her body was discovered later that day in a shallow grave in a different cornfield two miles from Worley’s house, bound, gagged, and tied up.
Then, according to ABC News, he was also accused with felonious assault, kidnapping, and aggravated murder.
The outlet continues: “Based on the forensic evidence collected at the abduction site and Worley’s barn, investigators believe Worley passed by Joughin on his motorcycle, hid in a cornfield further up the road, then attacked Joughin as she rode by on her bicycle, hitting her in the head with his helmet.
“They believe Worley then left the scene and returned with his truck, abducted her and took her to his barn, where he kept her until she asphyxiated and then disposed of her body.”
Additionally, according to the police, DNA from the objects taken as evidence linked Worley and Joughin to each crime scene.
She Was Almost Home, a 20/20 program about Joughin’s case, will debut on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 9 p.m. EST on ABC and be streamed on Hulu the following day.
According to ABC News, in 1990, Worley kidnapped 26-year-old Robin Gardner “under eerily similar circumstances” as Joughin.
Worley spent three years in prison after entering a guilty plea to kidnapping Gardner.
Gardner, who was spared from the attack, went on to testify in Worley’s murder trial.”I felt very strongly I had to be [Sierah’s] voice,” she said to the site. It was fear I knew. It was not her. I have to give her a voice.”
The Friday, October 27 broadcast of 20/20 will feature Gardner’s account of Joughin’s case.