Police: Missing woman from Medina was last heard from in June

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 12:27 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Police are asking the public for help in the search for a Medina resident who was last heard from in early June.

The date of last contact with Mellissa Dunaway was on June 1, according to the federal National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Officials said Dunaway left Ohio in March 2022 for Brevard County in Florida.

The missing woman’s mother, Toni Tucker, told investigators that she talked to her on the phone in early June.

Dunaway said she was in Boston, adding that her phone and purse were stolen and needed cash to get home.

Her mother agreed to help and they planned to talk again in the morning to figure out a way to get Dunaway home.

“She promised to call me in the morning and I haven’t heard nothing since,” Tucker said.

Tucker said her daughter had some legal trouble in Florida, so she had moved on to Massachusetts where she ended up in need of help to get home.

Tucker is worried that her daughter may have been with some people who did not have her best interests at heart.

“I waiting for that phone call, I have a feeling she’s not coming home,” Tucker said.

Dunaway has not been heard from again since the contact with her mother, and while she has a bad feeling about her daughters fate, Tucker said she remains hopeful and prays everyday for her safe return.

Dunaway is 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs between 120 and 135 pounds, and has black hair with brown eyes.

Investigators said Dunaway has a tan 2018 Ford Fusion with Ohio license plates, but the family believes the vehicle became disabled or abandoned near Boston.

Local tips about Dunaway’s location can be reported to Medina police.

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