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FBI, police search Bellevue property where woman allegedly held captive


GROTON TWP. — A contingent of Erie County law enforcement, along with Cleveland FBI agents, spent six hours Friday digging around a trailer in Bellevue that a Lorain woman said she escaped from after allegedly being abducted and raped.

Nothing was uncovered in the search, which was part of an ongoing investigation into the Nov. 1 incident in which Christine Green, 31, told police she was abducted from a Lorain street by Brian Jury, 38, and then driven to the camper on the property at 10701 Strecker Road, where he tied her up, raped and tortured her.

The Chronicle traditionally does not name victims when a rape is alleged, but Green gave a first-person account of the incident to a reporter and allowed her name to be used, hoping it would spread awareness of what had happened.

Jury allegedly left Green alone in the camper tied up, and during his brief absence, Green head-butted the door and rolled through the woods to a street about 50 feet away, where she was found by a passing motorist.

She was naked and still tied up at the time, police said. She identified Jury, whom she had met through a friend, as her assailant, and he was taken into custody the same day and charged with rape, abduction and carrying concealed weapons.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said the impetus for the search Friday was what Jury allegedly told Green during the incident.

“She told us that he intended to kill and bury her,” Sigsworth said, adding that the brutal nature of the crime led police to investigate further and piqued the interest of the Cleveland FBI, which agreed to assist.

When they arrived at Strecker Road around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, sheriff’s deputies, police and FBI agents walked the entirety of the 15 acres of property and saw multiple sites that looked “recently excavated,” Sigsworth said.

However, after almost six hours of searching and digging, police found what appeared to be animal bones but no evidence of additional crimes in the area. The bones have been sent for testing to ensure that they are animal bones.

Sigsworth said that after Friday’s investigation, police and the FBI don’t intend to search the area again.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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