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Friends, the "eyes and ears" of Melanie
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.
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
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?
was doing when you saw her, in whose company, was she by
with the children and JD? ANY information will give us
valuable clues as to the true nature of her
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.
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.
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
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.)
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?
anybody see her Chevy Van that morning anywhere and at
any time? These seemingly minor details could break this
mystery into pieces.
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.
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?
help and do this SOON!
May God bless your efforts to remember,
family and friends of Melanie Metheny
the newest article from the Charleston Gazette -
and a half after vanishing, mystery -- and sorrow --
By Gary Harki
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
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
You don't even know for sure that Metheny died, Harper
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
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,
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
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
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
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
Police described the witness only as someone close to
Metheny. Lane said police haven't been able to find the
"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,
www.findmelanie.com, 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
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
"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
'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
Metheny was taking classes to prepare herself for
college-entrance exams. She wanted to be a nurse, Harper
"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
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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