(7-29-21) Brian Jason Weimert (43) of Sidney, appeared Wednesday morning in Morgan County Court, where his bail was set at $1 million. He has been charged in the deaths of a Pickaway County couple, Steven Sturgill Jr. (36) of Circleville, and Crystal Dawn Burchett (39) of Circleville. He is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville.
On late afternoon, July 26, 2021 the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was called upon to assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR had responded to a “well-being“ check of a family at the Equine Area of the Appalachian Hills Wildlife area, formerly known as AEP Recreation Lands.
Upon ODNR’s response, the Officers felt that something was just not right. This provoked a response from a family member who came to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and filed a Missing Persons report on her son and his girlfriend, both from the Pickaway County area. Initially it was found that the 2 missing persons had come to Morgan County to camp and approximately 3 weeks ago had lost contact with their family back in Pickaway County.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with ODNR and a full investigation was launched into the disappearance of the victims. Deputies and ODNR Officers converged on the equine camping area to further investigate. The missing couple’s trailer and vehicle were discovered and impounded and interviews were conducted.The interviews led law enforcement into conducting an extensive search of the surrounding wooded areas of the equine area. The search lasted well into the early morning hours of July 27, 2021. During this search two deceased bodies were discovered in two different locations.
At this point, Sheriff McGrath summoned the expertise of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau. They arrived and processed the multiple crime scenes for the Sheriff. The bodies were removed to the Licking County Coroner’s Office awaiting autopsies to be performed.