Missing Woman Found Dead After Answering Craigslist Ad
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said that they found a body matching the description of a missing pregnant woman this morning. Deanna Ballman of Pataskala, Ohio was reported missing yesterday after she did not return home.
Information is really sparse right now regarding specifics as to who she was to be meeting. She was said to have “answered an ad on Craigslist” and did not return home. Her car was found along the 12000 block of Bevelheimer Road near the Delaware and Licking county line before 1 p.m. today. The sheriff’s office said that the missing woman was reported missing in Pataskala Tuesday afternoon and that she was last seen in New Albany.
From what I have been able to gather using social media sites, Deanna was 23-years old with two young children and one on the way. She had recently moved back to Ohio from Colorado and was in the Army National Guard.
Ohio has been in the spotlight in the past when it comes to violence resulting from answering a Craigslist ad. Last year two men lured other men to meet them for job opportunities for the purpose of robbing them and then killing them. Little is known at the moment about who she was meeting or if it is connected to her death. The sheriff’s office did not release the identity of the woman nor the circumstances leading to her death. The license plate of the car matches that of Deanna’s vehicle, and friends have commented on her Facebook that it is her.
Channel 4 Columbus has coverage of this developing story. You can read here. My thoughts go out to her friends and family.