Melanie Metheny’s family isn’t about to let her fade from the public memory — and they hope that a recent court case might pave the way for new information about her disappearance.
It’s been eight years since Metheny, a Belle resident, vanished after dropping her toddlers off at daycare. She was 21 at the time.
For the second year in a row, her family is holding an event to create awareness of missing persons, as well as raise funds.
This weekend’s event will raise money to benefit nonprofit animal rescue organizations — a cause close to Metheny’s heart — and, her family hopes, keep her case alive.
“She hasn’t been found yet,” said her mother, Deborah Daniel. “We can’t stop spreading the word.”
Metheny’s mother and stepfather hope that new witnesses could come forward after hearing about the fundraiser.
“You know how the news goes,” said her stepfather, William Daniel. “One day it’s fresh on everyone’s mind then a couple days later something else takes over the headlines. Because of that, with so many missing persons cases out there, you have to do something to keep the public aware of your specific case.”
He also hopes the event helps create awareness of the thousands of active missing persons cases.
“Melanie’s case is extremely important, but at the same time, we want to remind everyone that there are countless missing people out there, from children to elderly adults,” Daniel said. “Each one needs to be addressed.”
At the end of 2012, the National Crime Information Center’s Missing Person File contained active records for more than 87,000 missing people.
The Daniels family also said witnesses could be more likely to come forward, after Joey Keith Jeffrey was found guilty in April of kidnapping his cousin, Leanna Quinn. Jeffrey, who was sentenced to at least 24 years in prison, told his cousin that he would “put her in the same hole he put Melanie in.” Police and prosecutors said that Jeffrey meant Melanie Metheny.
“Before everyone was afraid of him,” Deborah Daniel said of Jeffrey. “Now that he’s sitting in jail, maybe someone who hopefully does know what happened — if he is the guilty party — they will come forward because he’s in jail.”
Quinn’s testimony doesn’t close the case in her mind, though.
“We are going to follow every avenue we can,” she said. “We’re not going to put all our eggs in one basket. We’re going to continue to follow other avenues until we bring her home, although he is the biggest lead we’ve had.”
Kanawha Sheriff’s Cpl. B.D. Humphreys called Jeffrey a “person of interest” in the case, as many others have been since Metheny’s disappearance.
“A lot of people have bluffed or made claims to have had something to do with Miss Metheny’s disappearance,” Humphreys said. “Every one of them that makes it to our office has been investigated. Some are still considered viable. We have not closed this case.”
Humphreys said he also hopes this weekend’s event could encourage new witnesses to step forward.
“We still think there is information out there people have that will help us fill in additional blanks,” he said. “We are still seeking information from the public about what happened to Melanie.”
The Melanie’s HOPE (Help Our Pets Endure) fundraiser will be held at Coonskin Park’s Family Center on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Activities planned include live music, a canine search and rescue, face painting, raffles, and education about missing people.
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MELANIE’S HOPE ANNUAL BENEFIT TO BE HELD JULY 20TH 2014
AT COONSKIN PARK, CHARLESTON, WV.
Missing girl’s family assists the community while on their search to find her.
MELANIE’S HOPE (Help Our Pets Endure) will be holding an event at Coonskin Park’s Family Center on July 20, 2014, from Noon until 6pm.
Melanie’s HOPE (Help Our Pets Endure) is dedicated to raising public awareness to the plight of missing persons; among which is the case of Melanie Metheny, whom the organization is named after. This awareness is accomplished while supporting non-profit animal rescue organizations; a topic close to Melanie’s heart.
Melanie was last seen on July 19, 2006, at approximately 8:00 a.m. after dropping off her children at daycare. http://melaniemetheny.com
She was reported missing that evening after failing to pick up her children as scheduled. Four days later, her minivan was found parked on the corner of Wyoming Street and Beuhring Avenue in Charleston. She has never been heard from again.
Melanie’s HOPE is planning on making this year’s event an even bigger success than last year. There will be live music, food, canine search and rescue, face painting, and raffles to go along with education and awareness information about missing persons.
Come spend a day in Coonskin Park and help keep HOPE alive.
**Missing Persons Statistics-An astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children.
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Danessa Brisendine pointed at the man who kidnapped and tortured her daughter, and told a judge she has asked God to help her forgive him.
“But I just want to be mad now,” she said Wednesday.
Joey Keith Jeffery, 44, won’t be eligible to get out of prison for at least 24 years. He could spend the rest of his life there after a jury in February found him guilty of kidnapping his cousin, Leanna Quinn.
The jury recommended mercy, meaning he could have been eligible for parole after 15 years on the kidnapping charge. But he was also found guilty of malicious wounding and assault during the commission of a felony, which both carry 2- to 10-year sentences, and second-degree robbery, which carries a 5- to 17-year sentence.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman gave Jeffery the maximum sentence for those charges, and said they would run one after another.
Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Tera Salango reminded the judge what Jeffery did to Quinn in 2012 when he thought she had stolen drugs from his trailer. He stabbed Quinn, repeatedly kicked her and used an electrical cord to shock her, before leaving her on the side of a mountain near Witcher Creek in eastern Kanawha County.
Jeffery has an “evil wicked mind. An evil wicked heart,” Salango said.
The prosecutor also told the judge that Jeffery had previously been convicted and spent time in prison for a similar crime, where a woman was found covered in blood after Jeffery slammed her head repeatedly into the side of a bathtub. He was also convicted of bludgeoning puppies to death, Salango said.
Another woman, Cindy Creathers, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery for her role in the incident. As part of her plea bargain, she testified against Jeffery during his four-day trial. Creathers said she was just doing what Jeffrey told her to and she was afraid not to.
Jeffery’s attorney, Shawn Bayliss, argued during trial that the incident had actually been a fight between Creathers and Quinn. Bayliss claimed both had been intimate with Jeffery. Quinn denied that when she testified.
Bayliss said Wednesday that Jeffery and Quinn are drug addicts and that the incident was fueled by a methamphetamine high. Bayliss said Jeffery suffers from bipolar disorder and has a history of mental illness.
Jeffery told Kaufman he was sorry. He addressed Brisendine and said he had previously tried to help her daughter.
“She said I stole her daughter from her, that’s not true,” Jeffery said. He didn’t take the stand during his trial.
Quinn told prosecutors that Jeffery had told her he was going to “put her in the same hole he put” Melanie Metheny in.
Metheny, a Belle resident, disappeared in 2006. Her grandmother, Sandy Metheny, attended Jeffery’s trial. After his sentencing, she made a plea to the media that police continue looking into her granddaughter’s disappearance.
“I want somebody to do something about the case. Why would he say something like that?” Sandy Metheny said.
Kanawha sheriff’s deputies have said the Melanie Metheny case remains open.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — One family is taking solace, knowing the man suspected of viciously beating Leann Quinn has been given a life sentence.
Joey Jeffery was found guilty of kidnapping, malicious wounding, robbery and assault in February.
“His only intent was to torture the victim,” said Kanawha County assistant prosecutor, Tera Salango. “Now that Mr. Jeffrey is going to be incarcerated, probably for the rest of his life, I hope that if there’s anyone out there with information, they’re no longer afraid of him.”
Before being sentenced, Jeffery told Judge Tod Kaufman “I am sorry for the things that I’ve done. But I did not do the things I’ve been accused of.”
Now, prosecutors are looking into whether there’s any connection in this case to the disappearance of Melanie Metheny, who went missing in 2006 after dropping her kids off at a daycare in Belle, W.Va.
Metheny’s grandmother thinks there needs to be a more public investigation into that possibility.
MELANIE’S HOPE FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER EVENT
TO BE HELD JULY 20TH 2013
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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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.
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