Family members charged with abuse

Scott McCrory

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The sister and brother-in-law of a 24-year-old man suffering from mental illnesses who went missing in July were indicted Thursday for abusing him.

Heather K.  Wymer and Michael Wymer of Ellsworth were indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury Thursday on charges of fourth-degree felony assault, fourth-degree felony failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and two counts of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.

Prosecutors said the two abused Scott McCrory, 24, causing him to run away from his home July 24. McCrory was eventually found two days later in Niles. Detectives were alerted that signs of abuse were discovered while McCrory’s health was checked.

In an interview with WKBN at the time, Heather Wymer told WKBN she checked a vacant house he was known to frequent when he went missing.

“I love you and I want you to come home and I hope you’re safe,” Wymer said during the interview while addressing McCrory. “And I miss you.”

McCrory’s mother, Karen Thom, said at the time McCrory would often get upset and leave their home for a few hours. They called Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputies after he didn’t return  for a full day.

Officers on ATV’s and a helicopter searched the areas near McCrory’s home.

Thom described McCrory as someone who was easily confused and was unable to find his way home by himself.

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