Man who sparked search of Guilford Lake pleads guilty

James Artrup reportedly told his girlfriend he went fishing Sunday night. When he didn't return, a widespread search was conducted

James Artrup, 27, pleaded guilty to making false alarms, saying he "didn't know what else to do" in a video arraignment on Monday, later stressing that he would plead guilty after questioning by the judge.


LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – A man whose disappearance led to a widespread search of Guilford Lake Sunday night into Monday morning appeared in court on Tuesday, along with a woman who investigators said lied about his whereabouts.

James Artrup, 27, pleaded guilty to making false alarms, saying he “didn’t know what else to do” in a video arraignment on Monday. After the judge questioned whether he was sure about the plea, Artrup stressed that he would plead guilty.

Candy Ammon pleaded not guilty to falsification.
Candy Ammon pleaded not guilty to falsification.

Bond was set at $7,500, and a sentencing hearing was set at 1 p.m. May 23.

Police said Artrup told his girlfriend that he was going fishing for 30 minutes at Guilford Lake. After leaving at 7:30 p.m., Milissa Shaffer reported that Artrup never returned.

She searched the lake, finding his tackle box and fishing pole by the shoreline. Fearing he drowned, Shaffer calling police, prompting a search by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbiana County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and approximately 50 volunteers.

Artrup was found later with his co-worker, Candy Ammon, at her house. Police said Ammon lied about Artrup’s whereabouts when contacted by officers after she called off work for a “family emergency.”

She was charged with falsification.

Ammon also appeared in Columbiana County Municipal Court Tuesday, pleading not guilty to the charge and was given a court-appointed attorney.

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