A grieving mother, whose daughter was kidnapped, hogtied and suffocated to death while being held in a dungeon hidden in her attacker’s home for three days, has bulldozed the property in her late daughter’s memory.
Sheila Vaculik, was granted James Worley’s dilapidated property in a wrongful death suit after he was found guilty of her daughter 20-year-old Sierah Joughin’s violent murder in Delta, Ohio in July 2016.
Sierah, a University of Toledo student, was out bike riding with her boyfriend of seven years, Josh Kolasinski, before she was snatched by her killer, then 57, and held in a secret room in a barn on his secluded farm surrounded by cornfields for three days.
The Ohio house where kidnapped Sierah Joughinr was kept hogtied in a dungeon for three days before being suffocated to death, has been bulldozed after her mother inherited the property
Sheila Vaculik (right, with her daughter Sierah, left), was granted James Worley’s dilapidated property in a wrongful death suit after he was found guilty of her daughter 20-year-old Sierah Joughin’s (left) violent murder in Delta, Ohio in July 2016
James Worley, 57, of Delta, Ohio pictured above. Worley committed an eerily similar crime against a 26-year-old woman in 1990. Authorities have found him guilty of aggravated murder and abduction in Joughin’s killing
Police found a torture chamber hidden behind hay bales inside the property.
Restraints lined the blood-stained walls and handcuffs, zip ties, rope, weapons and a ski mask were found inside. Video recording equipment and a secret nanny cam was also discovered alongside Sierah’s pink underwear, a mattress covered in her DNA and a freezer lined with blood-stained carpet.
Worley’s recent internet searches were focused on pornography alongside the terms hitchhiker, helpless, gag, rape and hogtied, while a meat hook, chains and ropes were found elsewhere on the property.
Police believe the property had been designed to kidnap, hold and sexually assault multiple women.
When Sierah’s body was eventually discovered in a shallow grave near Worley’s home, it was determined she had choked to death on the large two inch by three inch plastic gag that Worley had used to silence her cries.
During his March trial, prosecutors showed the court pictures of the interior of Worley’s home (pictured)
Evidence photos included a picture of a heavy black boot, recovered from his home
‘There is a release of anger and frustration that is part of my healing process,’ Valik told dailymail.com, after the house was torn down (left and right)
Joughin was held at Worley’s home for three days, where she was tortured until she choked to death on a plastic gag
Worley, 57, had been released from prison in 1993 for abducting cyclist Robin Gardner – forcing her off the road just 20 miles from where Sierah was taken and dragging her into his van. She managed to escape and Worley served just three years.
He is now awaiting execution for Sierah’s killing and appealing his case.
Earlier this month, grieving Ms Vaculik began the process of clearing the ‘dark piece of land’ where he daughter spent her terrifying final hours.
‘There is a release of anger and frustration that is part of my healing process,’ she told dailymail.com.
‘Some have asked if it has brought closure; again, there really will never be closure when it comes to losing someone you love in such a thoughtless and violent way.’
Bulldozers started tearing down the dilapidated farmhouses where Worley lived alongside a disabled brother and their elderly mother and ran an engine repair shop.
Vaculik shared the videos online with supporters of her fight for justice, celebrating the moment that the monster’s lair was going to be destroyed for good.
The remains of University of Toledo student (left and right) went missing in July 2016 while riding her bicycle on a rural county road
Vaculik (with Sierah in 206, left, and with her as a child, right) hasn’t decided what will become of the cleared three acres of land but is hoping it can be something positive in Sierah’s memory rather than an eyesore reminding the community of the heartbreaking case
The pretty, 20-year-old student was last seen by her boyfriend of seven years, Josh Kolasinski, before she was snatched by her killer
When Sierah’s body was eventually discovered in a shallow grave near Worley’s home, it was determined she had choked to death on the large two inch by three inch plastic gag that Worley had used to silence her cries
‘Closed for business! Permanently!!!’, the nurse posted.
Frustratingly Vaculik has to wait until March to remove the barn due to Worley’s court appeal. If it’s removal goes ahead it will bring a new comfort to Sierah’s family.
‘The barn unfortunately does have to stay up until March 2019, but once that comes down it will defiantly change the look and the feel of the property,’ she continued
‘I’m not going to lie, there is an emotional gratification in tearing down and burning something you loathe so much,’ Vaculik told ABC 13. ‘We look forward to removing the darkness and opening it up and letting the light shine in.’
She hasn’t decided what will become of the cleared three acres of land but is hoping it can be something positive in Sierah’s memory rather than an eyesore reminding the community of the heartbreaking case.
Meanwhile, family and friends are supporting a new law in Sierah’s memory in the hope it will prevent monsters like Worley from striking again.
Sierah’s Law which is currently awaiting approval by Ohio governor Josh Kasich would allow police to interview potential suspects within the first 24 to 48 hours after a person is reported missing.
‘The sad realization is that at some point, another family will experience what my family went through, and I can only hope that by having a database with released violent offenders they may find their love one alive,’ Ms Vaculik continued.
‘I think if there had been a database and Worley was in it then law enforcement would have questioned him Wednesday instead of Thursday. Would that have saved her? I do not know we do not have a time of death; of course, I would like think so.’
Worley, 57, (pictured in court in March this year) is now awaiting execution for Sierah’s killing and appealing his case