Timberly Claytor, a 38-year-old mother of five, was last seen entering a vehicle at a Speedway gas station on the evening of May 28, 2015. The following morning Timberly’s body was discovered near a vacant shop. Evidence links an ex-convict and sex offender to her murder. While the case remains open, it’s effectively closed, pending a conviction. The trial date is set for July 11, 2016.
Timberly was born in 1977 and grew up in a close-knit, middle-class home where the kids enjoyed going to baseball games and riding bikes together. She was an outgoing, smart and empathetic student who always showed up for people who needed support, like Summer Seacrest. The two were inseparable; in fact, Summer relied on Timberly so much, she called her “Aunt Timberly.”
But somewhere along the way Timberly was introduced to the exploitative drug scene brewing in Chillicothe. One mistake led to another but, despite her downward spiral, Timberly finally had the clarity to seek help. That Summer, Timberly called Summer with the news that she and her then-boyfriend were getting clean. Timberly was upbeat; her boyfriend had already entered treatment and she would soon follow. Two days later, Timberly’s body was discovered next to a vacant store. She had been shot three times.
A tip led police to a Speedway gas station, where surveillance video confirmed Timberly was last seen getting into a car with an unidentified male. Police quickly tracked down the vehicle and found blood under the passenger side floor, among other key pieces of evidence. On July 24, 2015, an individual was indicted for Timberly’s murder, but he pled not guilty. The prosecution plans to present DNA evidence and an eye witness to the murder when the case goes to trial.