STRASBURG, Ohio- Within an hour of Doyle and Lillian Chumney being reported missing, authorities in Tuscarawas contacted several area hospitals in a search to find the elderly couple.
The Chumneys’ bodies were found in their burned car on Jan. 22 in Bakersville after disappearing from their Strasburg home. No arrests have been made, and Ohio BCI is investigating.
Call logs from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 21 show the frantic hour after the couple’s daughter discovered their South Bodmer Avenue house was ransacked and their safe was wide open.
“I just came to check on my parents. They’re not here, their car is gone and somebody has ransacked the home,” Diane Enama told dispatch in her 911 call. “Their car is gone, and the lockboxes and keys, and the safe is all open.”
Concerned residents also reported seeing the Chumneys’ car driving recklessly on Interstate 77 the morning of their disappearance and seeing footprints around their house.
11:24 a.m. Diane Enama calls the sheriff’s office. She tells dispatch she went to her parents’ house and they are not home. The house has been ransacked.
11:25 a.m. Enama says she was checking on her parents, ages 88 and 78. The door was half open when she arrived and the safe is open.
11:26 a.m. The caller says the Chumneys were supposed to take someone to the airport, but they did not show. Doyle and Lillian do not own a cell phone.
11:27 a.m. Enama reports her son spoke to the Chumneys before they went to bed the night before. She says her brother talked to them at about 11:15 p.m.
11:28 a.m. The caller says that her brother called the house this morning, but no one answered. The Chumneys were supposed to be in Massillon at 10:30 a.m.
11:58 a.m. The sheriff’s office starts checking with local hospitals.
11:59 a.m. The emergency room at Dover’s Union Hospital has nothing to report.
12:02 p.m. Mercy Medical Center in Canton responds negative.
12:03 p.m. Aultman Hospital in Canton reports no.
12:04 p.m. The Ohio Highway Patrol says they have not had contact with the Chumneys’ Pontiac.
12:18 p.m. Affinity Medical Center in Massillon reports negative.
12:23 p.m. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says they are putting out a missing endangered adult alert.
12:24 p.m. The attorney general’s office wants updates on the missing couple.
12:31 p.m. Details on Doyle and Lillian Chumney are entered into the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System and the National Crime Information Center.
3:19 p.m. A sheriff’s deputy finds tire tracks and footprints on Harmon Hill Road. The deputy is out on foot.
4:56 p.m. A Strasburg man reports seeing a black SUV at the Chumney’s South Bodmer Avenue house at about 11:30. He says this was likely their daughter’s vehicle.
5:22 p.m. A caller tells dispatch she was out at about 5:50 a.m. and noticed footprints around her house and vehicle. The prints then go towards the Chumney’s house.
5:42 p.m. An FBI agent calls the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office.
6:12 p.m. A woman tells authorities she saw Doyle Chumney on Jan. 19 in the Aldi’s parking lot. She says he was in a green Honda van, which had the same license plate number as the Chumney’s Pontiac. Doyle Chumney was acting strange and confused.
6:35 p.m. A woman reports seeing the Chumney’s car on Interstate 77 driving recklessly towards Canton. That happened at about 7:30 a.m.
The Ohio BCI is investigating the report of Doyle Chumney in a green van, but the report of the Chumneys on I-77 was not accurate.