Missing man found safe with woman after search at Guilford Lake

James Artrup, 27, was found safe on Monday morning

James Artrup went missing from Guilford Lake.

HANOVERTON, Ohio (WKBN) – A reportedly missing man is now facing charges after he was found safe with a woman on Monday morning.

James Artrup, 27, of Hanover Township, was reported missing by his girlfriend after he disappeared while fishing in Columbiana County late Sunday night.

According to Artrup’s girlfriend, Milissa Shaffer, he was supposed to be gone for 30 minutes after leaving at about 7:30 p.m. to go fishing at Guilford Lake. When he didn’t return, the woman searched the

James Artrup
James Artrup

shoreline herself for about 90 minutes and then at about 10:45 p.m., she called the Sheriff’s Department after finding his fishing equipment by the shore. She told investigators that she was afraid her boyfriend drowned.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbiana County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and volunteers had been searching for Artrup all night and most of Monday morning, using ATVs and sonar.

Investigators said he was found with a female co-worker, Candy Ammon, who is now charged with falsification. Police contacted Amonn after she called off work Monday, claiming to have a “family emergency.” She told investigators that she hadn’t heard from Artrup, according to police.

Candy Ammon
Candy Ammon

“He did not come to work today, obviously. We did some checking, we found that he may have possibly had another female friend. That female

friend, we contacted on the telephone, she advised our office she picked up the individual around 8 p.m. last evening in this area,” said Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone.

Eventually, deputies determined Artup had spent the night with Ammon.

Artrup, who later called Wellsville Police to say that he was OK, is facing making false alarm charges.

Artrup and Amonn were arrested at Amonn’s Wellsville home on Monday and are expected to be arraigned on the charges in court on Tuesday.

Investigators said the search for Artrup used a lot of resources and approximately 50 volunteers, who missed work Monday to assist with the search.

Afterward, Shaffer thanked everyone who helped search for her now ex-boyfriend.

“I just want to get it out there that I am extremely appreciative of all of the time and effort that was put into finding him,” Shaffer said.

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