Conneaut woman seeks help in finding missing mom

Rosemary Rapp

CONNEAUT — A Conneaut woman is asking the public to help locate her mother, who went missing from her Carroll County home more than eight months ago.

Stacie Bezon said she and her father want answers regarding the disappearance of her mother, Rosemary Rapp, who was 68 years old when she vanished early on the morning of June 10 from her Salineville farm. Rapp is now 69 years old, Bezon said.

In the weeks and months that followed, family members have searched acres and acres of land, done media interviews and distributed flyers seeking information. Bezon said she hired a private investigator to look into the matter. Rapp's personal financial accounts have not been accessed during the timespan.

"It's like she vanished into thin air," Bezon said.

Relatives are desperate for information, she said.

"It's really been hard on everybody because there's no evidence," she said. "It's been very, very hard."

The Ohio attorney general's office, which maintains a list of missing persons, describes Rapp as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. The attorney general also said Rapp "left home on foot without medication."

Bezon, 49, said local law enforcement is now thinking foul play may be involved. 

"My mom had just had three surgeries and couldn't walk on her own without falling," she said.

Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams has been out of the office and was unavailable for comment. An email message sent to the sheriff's office was not returned.

According to Bezon, Rapp's husband of 30 years, Terry, reported her missing after discovering she was gone on the morning of June 10. 

The disappearance is completely out of character for a woman who doted on her family, Bezon said.

"If she had left on her own, she would have contacted us," Bezon said. "She loved her family."

Rapp is a generous, kind-hearted person with a soft spot for animals, her daughter said.

"She's the type of person who would give you the shirt off her back," Bezon said. "She's a generous person and a big animal lover."

Relatives are anxious for any news that would provide some peace. 

"We just want to find mom so we can put her to rest," Bezon said.

People with information to share are asked to contact the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 330-627-2141.