It’s been two years since the last of a group of women, known as The Chillicothe Six, vanished without a trace or died under mysterious circumstances. All of the women had been involved in what could be described as high-risk behavior. These women had all struggled with drug addiction and were known to engage in sex work in order to make ends meet.
Rumor had it that a serial killer had been stalking the women, waiting for the right moment to strike before staging their deaths as drug overdoses. For some of the Chillicothe Six, there hasn’t been a body found at all, and only one case has been solved since the start of the investigation. These stories of a serial killer roaming the streets of the Southern Ohio city were later dismissed by police. Chillicothe didn’t have a serial killer problem, they had a drug problem, police later told the press.
There are many who believe, including families of the victims, that these women were murdered or disappeared in order to keep silent. Looking back at cases like the Jennings Eight, it isn’t hard to believe that the women in Chillicothe may have witnessed things they shouldn’t have and paid the ultimate price for that. It’s also easy to speculate when several years have passed and police are no closer to answers than they were when their investigations began.
In a shocking new twist to an already bizarre case, the family of Tiffany Sayre, whose body was found by hikers in a nature preserve just a hair over two years ago, are saying that there isn’t sufficient proof the body found had been Tiffany’s.
Tiffany’s Aunt, Samantha Sayre, as well as her mother, say they’ve been fighting for answers since the investigation into Tiffany’s disappearance began in May of 2015. “They are fighting us on everything,” Samantha told the Chillicothe Gazette. “If you’re for sure 100 percent that it’s her, then why don’t you give us everything we deserve? Why are you fighting us if it was her?”
Police originally confirmed that the badly decomposed body had belonged to Tiffany through fingerprints. A DNA test would also conclude that the body had belonged to Tiffany, but Tiffany’s family has said that they aren’t sure. The Sayre family has demanded that the lab reports should be handed over to them for a second opinion, something the Ohio Attorney General’s office has refused to do.
What sparked the family’s questions on whether or not the body had really belonged to Tiffany is the toxicology reports. Within the victim’s system it was discovered that there had been a cocktail of different drugs, as well as alcohol. Though Tiffany’s family claims she had been attempting to get off of drugs at the time of her death, it isn’t uncommon for a former addict to fall back into old patterns of behavior. The red flag for the family was the alcohol.
Though Tiffany had a history of drug use, her family says that Tiffany wasn’t a drinker and hated the taste of alcohol. Though they have no proof that someone didn’t force her to drink, her family does not believe that Tiffany would have ingested alcohol willingly under any circumstances. It would be this question that would lead the family down a nightmarish rabbit hole, ultimately bringing them to the conclusion that there’s a possibility that the body they buried had not been Tiffany’s.
Since the discovery of Tiffany’s body, the family says they’ve had to fight with the state in order to receive any answers on their deceased loved one. Documents related to the case were kept from the family, including autopsy reports. This led Tiffany’s family to believe that there is more to this story than investigators want them to know.
Tiffany’s family says they will not stop until they have the answers they’re looking for. “It’s a big hassle to go through but I have to have closure,” Samantha said in an interview with the Chillicothe Gazette. “Our whole family has been through a living nightmare and I just hope no other family has to go through what we went through. Everything we have asked for is public record.”