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It's been over 6 years! Nothing yet. Melanie didn't just vanish into thin air. That does not happen. She woke up that morning in July of 2006 and it was a normal day for her. Then something somewhere went wrong. Melanie vanished! Never heard from again by her family. She was 21 years old...her life was just beginning. People want to sit and talk about you will never know what happened. Well I have a question, what if this was YOU! Wouldn't you want to be found? Brought home or justice or peace or whatever the outcome may be for your family and your children! This happened in our town, in Charleston , WV!! You never think something like this can happen to you. But guess what? I bet Melanie never thought this would happen to her! So put yourself in those shoes. It's time to TALK people know what happened to her that day. Where she went, who she was with and the outcome of what happened. It is time to speak! Come clean and put this at rest for once and for all. Bring Melanie justice and her family some peace. Imagine what they have gone through for 6 years not knowing. I just don't know why people turn the other cheek and act as if this NEVER happened! Well, IT DID! Don't forget it either, cause whoever is responsible is still roaming among us everyday. Watch your back


April 12th, 2011 -
Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Still Searching For Melanie Metheny
CHARLESTON -- It seemed to be a typical day for Melanie Metheny of Campbell's Creek. On July 19, 2006 investigators say she dropped off her children at day care. She was going to pick up transcripts to start college but never did, nor did she pick up her kids. Her van was found a few days later, but there was no sign of Melanie. Click here for the rest of the article please -


If your local to Melanie's area then you may have seen this billboard. It's another attempt to bring more awareness to Melanie's disappearance. Please, if you know anything, contact the police. It's been a long time now and it just gets longer everyday. Thank You.

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This is something that was found when going through Mels belongings. A special letter that we didn't even know we had. We have posted it on her myspace page and we thought maybe also on it is to show everyone that she is a good mother and did not just leave her babies for some drugs or whatever else people are saying. This is why we know she did not just walk off. This was a story she had to do for the classes she was taking. Thank you for everything



Dear Friends, the "eyes and ears" of Melanie Metheny:

In order to find out what happened to Melanie on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, we need to know what she was doing, feeling, thinking and struggling with during the last week she was in public view. 

1. On Sunday, July 16th 2006, did ANYBODY see Melanie with her two children, Hannah and Nathan in tow, probably also in the company of her boyfriend, whom we will call JD? Melanie was out in public view that afternoon, in a picnic shelter
at Coonskin Park, where she left her signature on a roof beam. If you saw her, please try to give as much detail as possible about how she looked, (did she look well, not well, worried, happy, sad, emotionless? 

What she was doing when you saw her, in whose company, was she by herself or
with the children and JD? ANY information will give us valuable clues as to the true nature of her disappearance.

2. On Monday, July 17th 2006, Melanie was with alone with her children all day, while JD was presumably at work. Melanie was alone with JD on Monday evening, supposedly for dinner and a movie. Look at the pictures in Melanie's slide show? Did you see her with JD and without her children, or did you bump into them at a movie theater? Again, any impressions, observations, her appearance, demeanor, eye contact or lack thereof are important details, if we can fit them into with what we already know or suspect.

3. On Tuesday, July 18th 2006, all we know for sure is that her children were quickly dropped off at her apartment around 9 AM and Melanie was just getting out of the shower. She has never been a morning person, and she was not "ready to go" at 9AM in the morning, just 23 hours before she would disappear. JD's truck was not there, so presumably he was at work. After this, we have many rumors and much DISinformation about Melanie's last day in public. 

So once again we are asking anybody who was in the Campbell's Creek/Belle area on that Tuesday, from 9 AM to 5PM to remember if they saw Melanie, her children or even her van. If you did, any details will be more than we can trustingly accept at this time. All our other witnesses have changed their "testimony" two or more times.

4. We believe that Melanie came to a crisis point of some kind during the evening of July 18th, just 12 hours before she disappeared. Did she call anybody on her cell phone during any of these "last days?" Did anybody have any cell phone conversations with Melanie, from July 1st to July 19th, that they can share with her family (forced to do the police work, for reasons we can only guess about.) 

5. Do you know anybody else, besides Melanie, who may have dropped off their children at the Country Kids day care between 7:40 and 8:00 AM on July 19th, 2006, the morning of Melanie's disappearance? 

Did anybody see her Chevy Van that morning anywhere and at any time? These seemingly minor details could break this mystery into pieces.

6. And finally, if you knew Melanie, her family would like you to share in all honesty, holding back nothing (except your identity, if you so choose) and tell us as much as you can remember about the LAST TIME you saw Melanie Metheny among us. What did she look like, what was she doing, how did she seem, what did she say, with whom did you see her, etc. etc. 

Study her pictures well, if you never met her. You may have seen her and merely thinking about where you were and what you were doing two summers ago, mid-July, in the Charleston area, might just bring back to us something of this beautiful child of God missing for so long. If you know Melanie, then how could you NOT want to be honest about the last time you saw her? 

Please help and do this SOON! 
May God bless your efforts to remember,

From the family and friends of Melanie Metheny 

Here is the newest article from the Charleston Gazette - 

A year and a half after vanishing, mystery -- and sorrow -- only deeper

By Gary Harki
Staff writer

February 24, 2008

Donna Harper remembers being in the emergency room when Melanie Metheny gave birth to her son Nathan. 

Metheny has been missing since July 19, 2006. The 21-year-old Belle woman's van was found four days later on Charleston's West Side, but no trace of her was ever discovered. 

Harper, the grandmother to two of Metheny's three children, remembers that when Nathan was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and the doctor had to cut the cord, sending blood everywhere.

"You don't know what happened," said Harper. "It hurts. You lay in bed at night and you don't know if she was tortured, if it came swiftly." 

You don't even know for sure that Metheny died, Harper said. 

Metheny is now on the missing-persons Web site for the FOX television show "America's Most Wanted." Her case may also be presented on the show, said Kanawha sheriff's Detective R.A. Lane.

The day Metheny disappeared, she dropped off her three young children - Ryan, now 6; Nathan, 4; and Hannah, 3 - at a day-care center in Belle about 8 a.m., Lane said. 

Roughly an hour later, someone - Lane said he is not sure if it was Metheny - made a call from her cell phone to the auto-repair shop Wreck-A-Mended Paint & Body to talk about repairs for her minivan. 

Then about 9:30 a.m., a second call was made from Metheny's phone, this one to her voice mailbox.

At 6 p.m. an employee from the day-care center called Harper to tell her Metheny hadn't picked up her children. Harper picked up the kids, two of whom she has had custody of ever since.

Metheny's son Ryan is with his paternal grandparents, Harper said. 

Metheny had been broken up from Harper's son Matthew for several months before she disappeared and had a new boyfriend, Jared Davis. Still, Harper said, she and Metheny remained close. 

"Her and my son had two babies, and she lived here up until Matt broke up," Harper said. "And after that, she would still stop by; we would get the kids every other weekend."

Two days after Metheny disappeared, tipsters prompted rescue crews and K-9 units to search near Spring Fork Drive in the Witcher Creek area, but found nothing, Lane said.

Two days after that, police found Metheny's missing gold and tan minivan on the West Side. Neighbors said the minivan had been parked there since at least 2 p.m. July 19. That's when a woman first noticed it taking one of her usual parking spaces in front of her house, Lane said. 

A 'crisis point'?

Police have followed many leads that went nowhere, Lane said. They are now going back and interviewing everyone again, essentially restarting the investigation, he said. 

One thing police would like to learn more about is a mysterious red sport-utility vehicle. Police said that on the afternoon of Metheny's disappearance a witness on the West Side saw a woman inside the SUV struggling to free herself and yelling, "What about my babies?" 

Police described the witness only as someone close to Metheny. Lane said police haven't been able to find the SUV.

"Somebody knows something about Melanie and they are keeping a tight lid on it right now," he said. "And we need closure. We need this thing to be solved. If anyone knows anything about her or her disappearance and they want to remain anonymous, they will remain anonymous." 

Friends and family of Metheny's have set up a Web site,, which offers a $5,000 reward for information that solves the mystery. The Web site also gives a detailed timeline of the days before the disappearance.

About 12 hours before Metheny disappeared, the Web site claims, she came to a "crisis point."

Lane said he had no information about Metheny suffering through a "crisis point," though he said he has heard rumors about Metheny owing drug dealers $300. While Metheny did use drugs in social settings, he said, he doesn't believe she owed anyone a large sum of money. 

"That's asinine," he said. "She was saving to rent a house and get out of the apartment she lived in. She had money; it wasn't a huge amount, but if she needed to, she could use it if she was in that much trouble."

'We need to find out'

Both Harper and Lane say Metheny was a devoted mom.

"Her family members and her friends have said that you always really saw her with her kids except when she went to school," Lane said. "She would take them to their grandparents' houses and let them see them. ... She was a young woman that had three kids and wanted to make something out of her life and for her kids, to give her kids something she might never have had." 

Metheny was taking classes to prepare herself for college-entrance exams. She wanted to be a nurse, Harper said. 

"With her being gone this long, reality sets in and it makes you think that something worse has happened to her," Lane said. "Then again, you have hope that she is still alive out there. I mean, I've got hope."

Harper's mother died in November. Nathan and Hannah both noticed how sad their grandmother was.

"Little Nathan, he saw that I was upset and said, 'Well, Mamaw, I already lost my mommy.' It's pitiful. It's like a double hurt for me," Harper said. "Wherever the truth lies, we need to find out what happened to her. This needs to come out. These children need to know."

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July 19th, 2007

Today marks the one year since Melanie has disappeared. Please tune into for a radio broadcast with Melanie's family. Click Here 


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This Flyer is From The National Center For Missing Adults, Click It To Print It.

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Melanie Renee Metheny was born June 21 1985 she's a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, niece and granddaughter. She has been missing since July 19 2006 and we her family are going crazy not knowing what has happened to her. We do know this ... she has 3 lovely small children that were her whole life Ryan is 5 Nathan just turned 3 and Hannah is 1 there is no way in the world that she would have left those children of her own free will. The not knowing is the hardest part if there is anyone out there who knows anything please help us PLEASE . Melanie we love you and miss you so much
Leisa Wellington Melanie's Aunt

Family Notes -  

Melanie you've always been my baby girl since the day you were born and you always will be my little girl. You are the best daughter a Dad could ever ask for. PLEASE anyone help us we need Melanie home with us. We miss her and we are going crazy not knowing where you are. PLEASE anyone help us that can.

Melanie is the best sister any brother could ever hope to have. We miss you so much. Please come home to us.
We love you so much
James and Michael Melanie's brothers

Melanie I love and I miss you. Please come home to us
Donna Melanie's step Mom

Melanie we love you and miss you so much. Please someone help bring Melanie home to us.
Aaron Chaz and Allison Melanie's cousins

10/21/2006 - Search ongoing for missing mother from Belle

Melanie Metheny’s family launches Web site

By Dave Gustafson
Staff writer -

Three months have passed since Belle resident Melanie Metheny, a mother of three, vanished. This week, her family members launched a Web site,, and increased their reward to $5,000 in hopes of finding her.

“Somebody somewhere has to know something,” said her grandmother, Sandra Winnings. “You try to be optimistic, but it’s been three months. It’s been 13 weeks.”

Metheny’s oldest child is 4 years old. None are old enough to understand the situation.

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“What can you tell them? What can you say?” Winnings said. “They don’t understand time, thank God. The one says, ‘Mommy’s going to come and get me when she finds her keys.’”

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Melanie Metheny Still Missing

Amanda Barren -

When she didn't pick her three children up from daycare about a month ago, her family knew something was wrong. But little did they know, they might never talk to Melanie Metheny again. 

The 21-year-old from Belle vanished without a trace on July 19th. It's been a sleepless month filled with tireless searches that have turned up empty.

Life may never be the same for Melanie Metheny's father. 

“This is something you hear about on unsolved mysteries or something,” said Metheny. “This is not something that happens to you or your family. This is all new to me.”

For nearly a month, Jimmy Metheny, family, and friends have been searching for his 21-year-old daughter not knowing where to look.

The pain for her father is clear. Understanding his angst is unimaginable.

“There are people who are never found,” said Metheny. “I've got to look at that reality.”

The reality of only finding Melanie’s body has been a cold one. Just three weeks ago, a woman’s body was found in Jackson County, and just last week, one in wood. Neither of them was Melanie.

The latest one was a Metheny, but as it turns out, it was Sherry Metheny. Then, there have been the sightings. Along Kanawha Boulevard and at a west end hardware store not far from where her van was found.

“I've never known her to be on the west side, so it just baffles me,” said Metheny.

So now, a weary father and a family wait for answers they might not ever get.

The family is hoping anyone with information will turn it over to authorities. If you know anything, you are asked to call your local police department.

Crime Victim's Hotline
If you are a crime victim or someone who knows about an injustice or case that needs a spotlight, call "Nancy Grace" at 1-888-GRACE-01 or send information via e-mail to "Nancy Grace."