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Missing Persons

Tracing the steps of a missing person can often be a pretty challenging feat, to the investigators and to the parents, friends and family. That is why the Elyria Police Department’s Investigative Division has made Missing Persons a top priority. Missing Persons has become an epidemic in the United States and the numbers continue to grow. Thankfully, public awareness and concern about missing
persons continues to grow, as well. The Elyria Police Department is dedicated to provide the necessary resources to aid in the retrieval of these missing persons.

If you have any information in regards to these individuals, please contact the Elyria Police Detective Bureau at 440.322.1926 or if you would like to contact the Bureau via email click here.

What Is A Missing Person

There are many different situations that qualify a person as Missing. The following are some of the more common circumstances:


A minor (person less than 18 years of age) who has left the house or their guardian voluntarily or involuntarily is considered missing.


An adult who:
– may be in the need of assistance
– may be the victim of a crime or foul play
– may be in need of medical attention has no pattern of running away or disappearing
– may be the victim of parental abduction is mentally or physically impaired

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Missing Person

The individuals listed below have been reported missing.To get more information on each of the missing persons, click on the name, which is located at the base of their picture. If you have any information concerning any of these people, please contact your local community police facility, or contact the Elyria Police Department.

James M. McLaughlin

Missing Date:
February 27, 1998
Present Age: 61
Sex: Male
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 180
Hair: Gray
Eyes: Blue
Missing From: N/A
Report#: N/A


Any information regarding Mr. McLaughlin, please contact Elyria Police Department Detective Bureau at 440.326.1205 or contact via email at

Lisa Sexton

Lisa Sexton


May 1, 1981
DOB: May 10, 1966
Age Now: 45
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Red
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’8″ (173 cm)
Weight: 125 lbs (57 kg)
Missing From:ELYRIA OH United States


Lisa’s photo is shown age-progressed to 40 years. She voluntarily left home with an adult male who later returned without her. Lisa was last known to be in Tampa, Florida and may have traveled to Mexico.

Any information regarding Lisa Sexton, please contact Elyria Police Department Detective Bureau at 440.326.1205 or contact via email at

Tonia Aldrich

Tonia Aldrich (Woodburn)

Missing Date: March 29, 1997
Present Age: 42
Sex: Female
Descent: N/A
Height: 5′
Weight: 110
Hair: Sandy Hair
Eyes: Brown
Missing From: Chris’s Place
Distinguishing Marks: Tattoo of Panda Bear on her Right Shoulder
Case #: #97-8125

Tonia Aldrich was last seen on the evening of March 29, 1997 at Chris’s Place, a bar on Clark Street, in Elyria. Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of Ms. Aldrich.

If you have any information on this investigation please contact the Detective Bureau at the Elyria Police Department at 440.326.1205 or via email