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at Coonskin Park, Charleston WV, Columbia Shelter
from 10am until 5pm

Missing girl’s family assists the community while on their search to find her

Melanie’s HOPE (Help Our Pets Endure) is beginning an annual benefit to keep Melanie’s situation in the forefront while assisting one of Melanie’s passions — the ethical care, protection, and love of all animals. Melanie, from a very young age, had a great desire to help any animal in need. In that spirit, Melanie’s HOPE was formed with the goal of supporting that love. HOPE’s plan is to hold an annual event to be held each July to bring awareness while also raising donations that will go towards animal organization who work strongly to save animals in need.

Melanie Metheny was last seen at approximately 8:00am after dropping her children at daycare. She had planned to go to the Garnet Career Center to pick up her transcripts to register for classes at West Virginia State University but never arrived. She was reported missing that evening, after failing to pick up her children from the day care facility as scheduled. Four days later, her gold Chevrolet Ventura minivan was found parked on the corner of Wyoming Street and Behring Avenue on Charleston’s West Side. She has never been heard from again.

HOPE invites you to come and enjoy food, fun and activities with us at Coonskin Park, Charleston, WV, Columbia Shelter (near the pool).

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Melanie Metheny’s grandmother hopeful after women found alive in Ohio


May 07, 2013
BELLE – The grandmother of a Kanawha County woman who went missing almost 7 years ago said the news of the missing women found in Cleveland, has given her a renewed feeling of hope.Melanie Metheny was last seen dropping her three kids off at daycare in Belle July 19, 2006.

Since that day Sandra Metheny has continued to look for her granddaughter.

“It has been a long hard road and it has been tough. And now they have found these girls, and that gives you hope,” Sandra Metheny said.

“But you get hope and then you get knocked down.”

Sandra said seeing the news of the women found in Ohio allows her to dream of a happy homecoming for the granddaughter she loved.

“You don’t have a choice you just have to go on,” Sandra Metheny said. “You can’t quit. You just have to keep going.”

Melanie’s story was once top of mind to many people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding areas. But Sandra said as the years have passed Melanie’s case has faded into the backdrop, leaving her frustrated and wishing more people would help.

She said a billboard in Belle that was once in a prominent position on the side of the road, is no longer maintained and is being swallowed by weeds and brush.

“Just spreading the word. Just sharing the pictures, anything. One little thing somebody says might be what you need,” Sandra Metheny said.

And as she looks for clues as to what might have happened to Melanie she is hoping to find answers for the three children Melanie loved.

“They are not babies anymore. They are getting big fast and they are going to have a lot of questions,” Sandra said regarding Melanie’s children. “We need to get them some answers. Most of all we need Melanie.”

If you have any information on Melanie Metheny’s whereabouts you are asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s office by calling 304-357-0169.


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Search For Melanie Metheny Continues 5 Years Later

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 ; 12:00 PM
Updated Tuesday, July 19, 2011; 12:15 PM

The Campbells Creek woman has not been seen since 2006.

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.

“We know she made two outgoing calls from her cell phone. One was voice mail. One hit the western part of Kanawha County and the eastern part of a Putnam County tower,” says Detective Samantha Ferrell of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Still Searching For Melanie Metheny

Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2011 ; 06:54 PM
Updated Tuesday, April 12, 2011; 07:53 PM

The Campbells Creek woman has not been seen since 2006.

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.

Billboard placed for Melanie Metheny

Billboard placed for Melanie Metheny



Melanie Metheny’s Family Searching for Answers, Reach Out to Community

Posted Saturday, July 19, 2008 ; 06:15 PM
Updated Saturday, July 19, 2008 ; 06:47 PM

The family wants to make sure it doesn’t happen to someone else.

CHARLESTON — Fingerprinting kids and information on staying safe are just a few of the aspects of this educational event in honor of Melanie Metheny. Two years ago she dropped her children off at a day care, and she hasn’t been seen since.

“I want awareness by guilt in the public that she is still missing, and this could happen to anyone,” says Donna Harper, a family member and one of the organizers of the event.

Several agencies in Kanawha County took part in the Melanie Metheny Safety Awareness Day.

“They could have turned this very negative, and they attempted to turn it to a positive thing in memory of somebody, and my heart goes out to these folks,” says Detective Bobby Eggleton of the Charleston Police Department.

Melanie Metheny disappeared two years ago. If she could be at the event, family members believe she would have a favorable reaction. “That she’s loved, and we miss her,” says Debi Metheny, Melanie’s mother.

She simply wants to know what happened to her daughter, adding that the past two years have been a roller coaster of emotions.

“It’s the worst thing that anybody could possibly go through and not knowing, I don’t think there’s anything worse than not knowing,” says Metheny.

Organizers hope the public leaves with a better understanding of being safe. Meanwhile, Melanie’s family goes on with their lives, hoping someone can soon shine a light on her mysterious disappearance.

Search Hits Two Years For Missing Kanawha County Woman

July 15, 2008

Then 21-year-old Melanie Methany went missing July 18, 2006.

BELLE, West Virginia — This Saturday marks two years since a Kanawha County woman went missing.

Then 21-year-old Melanie Metheny was last seen at this day care center in Belle back on July 19th, 2006.

Her minivan was located days later on Charleston’s westside.

Since, no leads have panned out, and the family has gone without answers.

“I don’t know what happened to Melanie. These children don’t know what happened to their mother. They need to know. We all need to know,” said Donna Harper, grandmother of Metheny’s two youngest children.

This Saturday the family has planned a Melanie Metheny Safety Awareness Day.

It takes place at the Charleston Moose Lodge on Kanawha Boulevard from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Public safety officials will be present and the goal is to educate the community on safety.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Melanie is urged to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s office.

Family searches for answers one year after young mother’s disappearance

Posted Thursday, July 19, 2007 ; 06:01 PM
Updated Thursday, July 19, 2007 ; 07:35 PM

Story by Sara Gavin

BELLE  – For the family of Melanie Metheny, the past year has been a slow. “It’s been a long, long year. A horrible year,” said Sandra Winnings, Melanie’s grandmother.

It’s also been a year filled with few clues about what happened to the 21-year-old mother of three.

Melanie dropped her kids off at a daycare in Belle the morning of July 19, 2006. It was the last time anyone reported seeing her.

Family members said Melanie went missing just as she was reaching a turning point in life.

“She was trying to better herself going through school and becoming a pediatrician and she was trying to make a life for herself,” said Rocky Metheny, Melanie’s uncle.

Melanie’s picture was set to appear on billboards advertising an adult education program just before she vanished.

Now, her loved ones have little hope of ever seeing her again.

“There’s nothing that would make me happier than for her to walk through the door, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Winnings

One thing that hasn’t changed – the family’s dedication to solving the mystery of Melanie’s disappearance.

“You gotta keep going and until something’s found out, we’re not going to stop. It doesn’t matter how long it takes but I’m confident it’s not going to take that much longer. I think they know what happened. They’ve just got to prove it,” said Rocky Metheny.

For Winnings, it’s closure that can’t come soon enough.

“They say God won’t put more on you than you can take and I’ve had about all I can take.”

Kanawha County sheriff’s detectives said they are continually following leads in Metheny’s disappearance.

A suspect has yet to be named in the case.

Detectives have no leads in case of missing woman

Friday July 21, 2006

Investigators with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department this morning still had no leads in the search for a missing mother of three.

Detectives spent most of the day Thursday interviewing friends, family and other acquaintances who might have information in the disappearance of 21-year-old Melanie Metheny.

Investigators searched the Witcher Creek region in eastern Kanawha County until about 1 a.m. for Metheny, who hasn’t been seen for almost two days.

“We will continuously put forth an effort to find her until she’s found. We won’t stop until we locate her,” Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Stover said this morning.

Anyone with information can contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at 357-0169.

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