GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a woman who went missing last week in the Addison Township area just as search efforts overlap the anniversary of another Gallia County woman who went missing three years ago Tuesday.
Sharon Yocznik, of Gallipolis, 67 at the time of her disappearance, would now be 70. According to past Tribune articles, Yoczik was first reported as missing March 22, 2013, to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office by her husband from their residence on Neighborhood Road. Reportedly, investigators gathered information that Yoczik had allegedly been spotted walking along State Route 7 near the road’s intersection with State Route 218 the evening before she was reported missing. Canine units and searchers combing the Ohio River bank discovered a pair of eyeglasses that supposedly belonged to Yoczik. An optometrist later confirmed the eyeglass prescription and type of glasses to have been worn by the missing woman.
As of current, the eyeglasses have remained the only record of Yoczik’s disappearance found by police. Despite searches by air, ground and water, along with canine units, Yoczik’s disappearance is still a mystery.
Sheriff’s deputies are currently searching for Tamela Simpson, 33, who reportedly disappeared after an argument with family on March 14. Simpson reportedly traveled across State Route 7 from a residence in northern Gallia County toward the Ohio River, trying to remove herself from the dispute. Witnesses reported light traffic that day and minimal background noise. Family members thought they heard Simpson enter the water, a short distance of a few dozen yards from the residence. After her brother went to look for her, he was unable to find her. Members of Gallipolis Fire Department along with local police and marine patrols have searched for Simpson since the day of her disappearance.
Considering witness statements and the circumstances under which both women vanished, Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning suspects there is no connection between the disappearances.
Simpson is described as a white female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall. She weighs around 125 pounds. She has blonde hair with purple highlights. She reportedly has green or hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue cheetah print shirt with gray leggings and no shoes.
Yoczik is described as a white female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing around 120 to 140 pounds. She has blue eyes and greying brown hair. She was last seen wearing black pants, a red sweater and black shoes.
The sheriff has said the investigation into both disappearances is ongoing and asks if the public has any information on either women to contact police at (740) 446-6555.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.