The citizen that contacted Chillicothe PD about the missing woman was an off-duty Adena Hospice Nurse named Emily Moore (who is from Pike County). Ms. Moore told Law Enforcement that she noticed Ms. Painter on Western Ave in Chillicothe and recognized her from the social media posts.
Ms. Moore contacted law enforcement and waited around the area; keeping Ms. Painter in sight until the police arrived.
“We cannot thank Ms. Moore enough for remaining vigilant and calling law enforcement. We also cannot thank the public enough for all the social media shares.”
Pike County Sheriff’s department reported that they did receive several tips from the public since the first media release that were all followed up on. (That is why we were waking that ridge today) Our next step was going to involve a significant search and rescue operation involving several State agencies and cadaver dogs. I am extremely pleased at the outcome and that we did not have to go to such lengths.
“I want to point out a certain investigator with my office (who refuses to be recognized by name) for taking this case by the horns and running with it. This Investigator brought all of these agencies together. This investigation has involved several hundred man hours involving multiple agencies all working together,” said Pike County Prosecutor, “This was truly a collaborative effort and is proof of what happens when we all work together for the common good!”
Pike County reported that Painter said that she followed the railroad tracks North to get into Chillicothe
The Piketon Police Department, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Pike County EMA, Ohio BCI, The Southern Ohio Major Crimes Task Force, the Piketon Seal TWP Fire Department, Christian Aid Ministries, along with the public all worked together.