ASHLIE VELASQUEZ appears via video conference in Findlay Municipal Court Thursday. She faces a tampering with evidence charge in connection with the shooting death of Boe Bushong. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

Staff Writer

A Findlay woman connected to a suspicious death case remains jailed on a tampering charge after a brief appearance Thursday in Findlay Municipal Court.

Ashlie A. Velasquez, 29, was arrested July 12 for tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, after allegedly disposing of the gun her boyfriend, Boe N. Bushong, 22, was fatally shot with on July 4.

Who shot Bushong is unknown.

When Velasquez called 911 to report the shooting, a dispatcher asked her who shot Bushong, and she replied, “He’s about to die,” and hung up.

She wasn’t at Bushong’s Amanda Township residence when authorities arrived, and neither was the gun.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office sought the public’s help in finding her, and she was arrested at acquaintance’s apartment in Findlay.

Velasquez’s attorney, public defender Aaron Ried, asked Magistrate Matthew Cunningham for a continuance, and another preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 31.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle did not object. He noted the prosecution had been prepared to proceed.

Felony cases are bound over to Hancock County Common Pleas Court after preliminary hearings or after grand jury indictments.

Velasquez’s bond remains set at $30,000. She appeared by video from the Hancock County jail.

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