Did you give this woman a ride?

As part of its investigation into a suspicious July 4 death, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from anyone who may have picked up a woman in the Mount Blanchard area late July 4 or early July 5.


The sheriff’s office believes the woman trying to flag down a vehicle was Ashlie A. Velasquez, a “person of interest” in Boe N. Bushong’s death, Sheriff Mike Heldman said today.

Bushong, 22, of Mount Blanchard, died July 4 at his residence on Amanda Township 194.

“She’s the last person that we know of that saw him alive,” Heldman said of Velasquez. The sheriff’s office has not yet been able to talk to her.

According to their Facebook pages, Velasquez and Bushong were in a relationship.

The woman believed to be Velasquez was spotted on the side of the road by a woman who called the sheriff’s office around 3:30 or 4 in the morning July 5, Heldman said.

She may have been trying to flag down a passing vehicle for a ride to Findlay, or elsewhere, from the Ohio 37 area between 11 p.m. July 4 and 5 a.m. July 5, according to the sheriff’s office.

This would have been after the sheriff’s office was called to Bushong’s home at 10:11 p.m. July 4.

Heldman declined to release any information about the cause of Bushong’s death.