Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered several methamphetamine labs and a marijuana growing operation on Tuesday while investigating a missing persons report in New Holland.
A couple of weeks ago, Linsey L. Fulkerson, 26 of Columbus, was reported missing in Columbus by her mother after Linsey didn’t check in with her for a significant time, according to Lt. Dale Parish of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. Parish said this worried her mother who immediately filed the report.
After Fulkerson was photographed in the Washington Court House Wal-Mart, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.
“Her mother knew she was into some bad things,” Parish said. “She feared the worst had happened so she filed the report quickly, something we don’t see too much these days.”
After a few weeks of investigation, they were able to track her down to a home in New Holland rented by Dana W. Hayes II, age 45. The license plate number on the missing persons report was found on a vehicle outside of the residence when deputies arrived, according to Parish.
“When they arrived over there, a (meth) lab was spotted outside in the back yard…one of those one-pot method labs,” Parish said. “Based on that, officers from our department approached the house and made contact with Hayes, who elected to cooperate with a search of the home.”
According to Parish, Tony L. King, 55, who also lived at the home in New Holland, his son, Tony L. King Jr., 27 of Columbus, and Fulkerson were all at the home as well during the time of investigation.
The deputies on the scene began searching the home and reportedly found another meth lab under a sink and several one-pot labs in various parts of the home. The investigation also uncovered materials used in the manufacturing of meth, according to authorities.
“When the deputies went upstairs to continue their investigation they came across an elaborate marijuana growing operation,” Parish said. “There were approximately 50 plants, all of which were on various growing cycles, meaning some had a few weeks left and some were just beginning to grow.”
Hayes was charged with manufacturing meth, cultivating marijuana and permitting drug abuse, following his arrest at about 9:37 p.m. Tuesday. King was also charged with manufacturing meth and cultivating marijuana. Finally, both King Jr. and Fulkerson were also charged with manufacturing meth.
Parish said deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force and deputies Tim Carpenter, Ed Moore and Hunter Lane.
“They were also assisted by the Pic-A-Fay Fire Department who helped with neutralizing the meth labs and disposing of the dangerous contents,” Parish said. “I would personally like to point out and thank the help of the Chillicothe Fire Department as well. They came clear out of their jurisdiction to really help with the clean-up and investigation.”