Authorities searching Ross Lake for body

ROSS COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — A very somber birthday for Diane Willett. She spent it watching dive teams search Ross Lake.

She woke up this morning to celebrate, but she got a call from Chillicothe Police who said they got a tip about her daughter.

Someone believed the body of Wanda Lemons, who is one of Chillicothe’s missing women, may be in Ross Lake.

“I’ve cried so much today my head’s been hurting, said Willett. “It feels like it’s ready to fall off.”

Willett talked about how life is not been the same for her and her 5 grandchildren who are without their mother.

The same can be said for people who live in Chillicothe after 6 women went missing in such a short time of each other.

“Chillicothe’s not like it used to be,” said the organizer of the vigil Christina Reinsmith. “I mean you used to be able to go out and sit outside and leave your door unlocked and now you can’t do that.”

Now Willett and the community use these monthly candlelight vigils to support and pray with one another because it’s something they all need.

It also gives one grieving mother hope that her daughter will be found.

“I know within the next few days, I’ll have my daughter and I can take care of her and give her the burial she deserves,” said Willett.

The Ross County Sheriff said the reach of Ross Lake will resume Saturday morning. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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