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Mystery woman leaves a second package for ATF in Akron; authorities forced to temporarily close I-77 rest area

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer

Authorities are looking for an unidentified woman who left a suspicious bag addressed to ATF agents at the Interstate 77 rest stop in Bath Township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Tuesday’s discarded package marks the second time the same woman has left behind materials addressed to the Akron office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Tuesday morning, the southbound rest area on I-77 in Bath was closed about 10:45 a.m. for about 30 minutes while a bomb squad collected the package.

The woman left behind a clear plastic bag containing miscellaneous papers, maps, books and an ATF gun safety brochure. “ATF Akron” was written on the outside of the bag.

A truck driver noticed the woman and saw her leave the package. She asked him to call the ATF and then drove away in a green minivan with no license plates, troopers said.

“I don’t know her background, but it appears there might be other issues there,” said patrol Lt. William Weirtz.

Weirtz said the woman is also responsible for leaving a similar package recently at another location. He could not recall specifics about that particular package.

The woman is described as white, in her 50s and having brown hair.

Anyone with information may call the Ohio Highway Patrol at 330-433-6200.

Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or He can be followed on Twitter at


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