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Nash woman tried to return from Ohio before she was killed

Posted July 21, 2009

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— Ohio authorities said they want to talk with a man whom a Spring Hope woman went to visit before she disappeared last month.

The remains of Nichole Alloway, 20, were found last week in an abandoned house near Otway, Ohio, in the southeastern part of the state. Her family reported her missing on June 10 to police in Portsmouth, Ohio, which is about 20 miles from Otway.

Alloway's grandmother, Diane Dille, said she she had gone to Portsmouth in mid-May to visit Dillon Maring, 18, whom she had met online but had never met in person.

"They had talked for several months prior on the phone and on the Internet, on MySpace," Dille said.

She said her granddaughter wanted a relationship and was considering moving to Ohio with her two children.

Even before she got on the bus to Ohio, however, things didn't feel right.

"She got her first foot on that step and held onto the railing, and she turned to me and said, 'Grandma, I got a bad feeling about this,'" Dille said. "I said, 'Well then, don't go. Stay here.' She said, 'No, I gotta go.'"

Things got worse after Alloway arrived in Ohio, said her sister, Denise Vick.

"He didn't show her any apartments. Nothing added up when she got up there," Vick said. "He just wanted to go out and hang out with all his friends, and she didn't approve of a lot of his friends."

Alloway, who called home daily to check on her children, then asked her family to wire her money for a bus ticket home. Dille said she picked up the money in early June but never got on the bus home.

"The last day I spoke to her on the phone, she told me she loved me and I said I loved her, and that's the last thing we said to each other," Dille said.

Authorities haven't declared Maring a suspect in Alloway's death but said he is one of several people they want to talk to in their investigation.

"You can't trust people," Dille said. "You cannot just take a person off the Internet and take their word for it. You have to check these people out before you do anything."

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  • teacher-mom Jul 23, 2009

    This is a sad story. My sympathy to the family and loved ones.

  • mom2threecld Jul 22, 2009

    this is so sad. prayers to the family and hope her children will be well taken care of.

  • Meeya2Sweet Jul 22, 2009

    YES IT IS VERY SAD AND TRAGIC WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS YOUNG LADY BUT ITS REALLY NOT THE POINT OF WHERE SHE WENT...YOU CAN MEET PEOPLE AND YOUR OWN AREA AND STILL HAVE A BAD OUTCOME LIKE THIS AND MY CONDOLESENCES TO THE FAMILY

  • tsquaring Jul 22, 2009

    I think someone should spend some quality time interviewing this guy.

  • LOC Jul 22, 2009

    This is very sad. My prayers go out to her family.

  • vsusu2002 Jul 22, 2009

    I have heard stories where some people meet online and have a successful relationship. Unfortunately, this young lady life was taken. Prayers are with her family.

  • Professor Jul 22, 2009

    what ever happened to getting out of your comfort zone and meeting people in person?
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    I agree. Internet is not the place to meet a decent and honest person. On the internet you will find many criminals. Stay away from that, desperate ladies.

  • Professor Jul 22, 2009

    The young lady had second thought and should have listend to her instincts and her grandmother. Young ladies be very wise in the company of the men you keep. Some are very dangerous and can take your life as what happen to this young lady. Be aware at all time. Get a police check on them before you are alone with them. Just be safe.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jul 22, 2009

    what ever happened to getting out of your comfort zone and meeting people in person?

  • Weetie Jul 22, 2009

    This is so sad and my prayers do go out to all family members that are involved.

    I wish young people would THINK! You can say you are anyone on the computer and the world we live in today is not the wasy it was in the 1960's and 70's when you could even go to bed at night and not lock your doors.

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