Staff Writer

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, who was seen trying to flag down a vehicle, was Ashlie A. Velasquez, a “person of interest” in the death of Boe N. Bushong, Sheriff Mike Heldman said Wednesday.

Bushong, 22, of rural 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 find her.

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

A woman believed to be Velasquez was spotted on the side of Ohio 37, in the Mount Blanchard area, by a motorist who called the sheriff’s office around 3:30 or 4 a.m. July 5, Heldman said.

The woman may have been trying to flag down a passing vehicle for a ride to Findlay, or elsewhere, 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 Wednesday to release any information about the cause of Bushong’s death.

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