Joseph Rayhill

POMEROY, Ohio – Two people have been taken into custody following an alleged break in at the Great Bend Storage Units.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood on Thursday morning, January 10, around 2 a.m. Sgt. Curtis Jones observed a vehicle parked behind the Great Bend Storage units located on 124 in Portland. Sgt. Jones approached the vehicle occupied by Louneda Serls, 47, from Ripley, W.Va., and questioned why she was parked behind the building. Serls stated that she was tired and needed to rest but didn’t feel comfortable parking at the Hot Spot with all the truckers there. 

Serls was asked to leave the area due to the recent break ins and asshe started to exit the business, one of the storage unit doors opened, and Joseph Rayhill, 31, from Kenna, W.Va., began to run trying to catch the vehicle. Sgt. Jones was able to stop the suspects’ vehicle while Rayhill fled through a field.

Louneda Serls was detained and the search for Rayhill was conducted by Deputy Snoke, OSP Trooper Fourspring, and Ravenswood Police. Rayhill was apprehended by Trooper Foursping on US 33 after he had fallen into a creek.  

Both suspects were taken to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and incarcerated pending a court appearance. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.