UPDATE: Missing Bloomingburg woman found deceased, investigation ongoing


BLOOMINGBURG — Naomi Sayre — the 21-year-old Bloomingburg woman who was reported missing two-and-a-half weeks ago — was found dead overnight at a Midland Avenue residence, according to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.

At 12:38 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office received a report of a person found deceased at 50 Midland Ave in the Village of Bloomingburg. Deputies were directed to an upstairs area of the home where the body of Sayre was discovered in a closet, according to Stanforth.

Sayre was reported missing by her mother, Theresa Sayre, on March 5. After the discovery of the body, sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene and obtained a search warrant for the home.

Detectives conducted the on-scene investigation overnight and into the early morning hours — including interviews with other individuals at the home who were present during the discovery of Naomi’s body.

Stanforth said Theresa Sayre declined to be interviewed when requested by detectives, and asked to speak to legal counsel.

At the time of the missing person report, Theresa reported that Naomi had ingested medication not prescribed to her (Naomi) and left the home — last seen headed north on Midland Avenue. She also reportedly left the home without her cell phone.

A missing persons case was created by the sheriff’s office, and Naomi was entered into NCIC as a missing endangered person. A community search was coordinated on Sunday, March 12 where volunteers canvassed the Village of Bloomingburg, focusing on the area Naomi was last reported to have been seen by her mother.

Fayette County Coroner Dr. Lenora Fitton was summoned to the scene this morning and pronounced Naomi dead on arrival. Her body was transported from the scene to the Montgomery County Medical Coroner’s Office for a post-mortem examination.

“There were no signs of foul play discovered during the examination, and the time and cause of death is unknown at this time, although decomposition of the remains indicate that Sayre had been deceased for an extended period of time,” said Stanforth.

Sheriff’s detectives are collaboratively continuing this investigation with the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

Stay with the Record-Herald for the latest on this developing story.

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