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A view of the Athens County Courthouse, taken from the city’s parking garage. Photo by Ben Peters.

By Sydney Dawes

Athens NEWS Editor

The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office and Athens County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a social media post made by a person claiming to be Serah Bellar, a former Amesville youth who was reported missing last year, was made by Bellar herself.

Bellar was reported missing in April of 2020 and was last spotted in the Millfield area, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office database of missing people.

Per the database, she was labeled as an “endangered runaway,” and she was 16 at the time of her disappearance. She is now 18 years old.

However, Bellar posted on Monday under the profile name “Delilah Rose Price” that she left the area on her own accord and is currently safe, living “out West” with a friend.

In the post, she described the home she left behind as being a “prison.”

Bellar also wrote of alleged sexual abuse.

Allegations made in the social media post are being investigated, the release stated.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed her identity by asking the profile user to send photos while doing specific gestures.

Bellar successfully completed the requests, Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith.

Bellar has been in contact with both agencies, said Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn and Sheriff Smith, who both voiced their relief that she is safe.

“That’s more than anything what we care about,” said Sheriff Smith.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact Chief Investigator Jay Barrett at the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office at 740-592-3208, the release stated.

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