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Missing woman’s husband gets 23-year prison term for Ashland County robbery

August 5, 2009
By TOM GIAMBRONI

LISBON - The husband of Tracy Hill, the Rogers woman who disappeared eight years ago, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting an Ashland County man during a home invasion/robbery in March.

Cliff E. Hill Jr., 40, was sentenced on July 24 in Ashland County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty to felonious assault, aggravated robbery with a firearm, and illegally possessing firearms with prior felony convictions. He also received additional time for violating his parole by committing the crimes.

Hill forced his way into the home of John B. Stone in Ashland County and shot him twice in the abdomen while robbing him. The 48-year-old Stone survived the shooting to identify Hill as his attacker.

A month later, Hill was arrested at his mother's home in Lisbon and provided county sheriff's deputies with information they used to retrieve the handgun used in the shooting. He waived extradition and was returned to Ashland County.

In 2001, Hill was living on Sprucevale Road in Rogers with his wife, Tracy, 25, who was last seen on June 7 of that year when she showed up for work at an area machine shop. The next day a woman caller who identified herself as Tracy reported off work.

Tracy's mother contacted the sheriff's office after she didn't hear from her daughter and found her missing from the house trailer she shared with her husband. All of Tracy's belongings were there, except for her purse.

The day after Tracy was reported missing, the car her mother loaned her was found in Hill's possession. Hill told investigators his wife let him use the car, and he had no idea what had become of her.

Prior to Tracy's disappearance she had obtained a protection order against Hill, which she later dropped on June 6 - the day before her last known contact with anyone.

Following Tracy's disappearance, Hill served a combined 20-month prison sentence for unauthorized use of his mother-in-law's car and unrelated theft and receiving stolen property charges.

Upon his release from prison, Hill was arrested in August 2004 for robbing an Amish woman and her daughter in Holmes County, where he is originally from. The Amish were in a horsedrawn buggy when Hill robbed them at gunpoint, stealing a purse containing $6, bank checks and a Bible. He was sentenced to four years in prison and released in August 2008.

Following his arrest on the Ashland County shooting, Hill was asked by investigators about Tracy and again told them he still doesn't know anything about his wife's whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Hill's girlfriend was arrested Tuesday at her home outside of Lisbon for her role in the Ashland County shooting. Martha J. Roloff, 46, of Steubenville Pike, was taken into custody without incident by the sheriff's office based on a secret indictment out of Ashland County, where she has been charged with complicity to robbery and complicity to tampering with evidence. Roloff is accused of dropping Hill off at Stone's home and picking him up following the shooting/robbery.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

 
 

 

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