Janice Morse reports:
UPDATE: Missing Middletown woman found safe in Ky.
Bonnie Vaughan was always reliable. So when Vaughan’s manager told her best friend and co-worker, Sally Cullers, that he hadn’t heard from her all day, that seemed odd to Cullers, too.
“I started trying call and text her,” Cullers said.
But as time passed with no word from Vaughan, Cullers’ concerns intensified to the point where she went to the Middletown police station to file a missing-person report around 10:25 p.m. Monday.“It started getting later and later, and it just didn’t seem right,” said Cullers, who works with Vaughan at LexisNexis south of Dayton, Ohio.
By late Tuesday, Cullers said she felt uncomfortable talking to news reporters but did so in hopes that spreading the word would help find her friend. “I do want her home safely,” Cullers said.
Cullers said she was worried but was trying to keep her hopes up for a positive outcome.
Cullers described Vaughan as “very bubbly and friendly,” with no known enemies.
She never expressed any desire to leave the area, especially not now, while her son was home visiting from college. “She was really looking forward to him coming home,” Cullers said.
Police said their initial investigation showed Vaughan had left her home in the 5600 block of Stone Path Drive around 11 a.m. Monday and headed for work at LexisNexis, about a 22-minute drive, but never arrived. That situation alone was cause for concern, a detective said.
Cullers said she also thinks there’s no way her friend would purposely miss her son’s birthday on Tuesday.
Although Vaughan and her husband have lived apart for quite a while, Cullers described their relationship as “very amicable.” She said he was headed here from out-of-state to lend comfort to their son.
Vaughan, 49, was driving a maroon 2010 Chevy Camaro bearing Florida license plate ANCR65. A police report says the car was registered to Vaughan’s deceased father, Ben Vaughan.
Police had never heard of Vaughan until she was reported missing, Middletown police Detective David Swartzel said, noting there were no reports of threats or anything unusual at her home in the northeast section of the city. While most of Middletown is situated in Butler County, Vaughan’s neighborhood is in Warren County, Swartzel said.
Vaughan stands about 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighs around 155 pounds and has blond hair and green eyes, police said. Cullers, however, says her friend’s hair has a reddish cast and is more of a “strawberry blond.”
A publicly available profile on LinkedIn lists Vaughan’s current position as manager of the innovation support office at Reed Elsevier Group, a publishing and information business that includes LexisNexis Risk Solutions and LexisNexis Legal & Professional.
A reporter’s attempt to obtain comment from a company spokesman was unsuccessful Tuesday.
Her past employment included consultant engineer and program manager for LexisNexis, process improvement director at TeraQuest and project manager/information specialist for Electronic Data Systems, the profile says.
Anyone with information about Vaughan’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Swartzel at 513-425-7742 or Middletown police at 513-425-7700.
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