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1 PM: Richland County Sheriff's Office gives update on the disappearance of Melinda Davis

Friends and family of missing mother offer reward
Posted at 12:43 PM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-15 12:55:43-04

RICHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — The Richland County Sheriff’s Office will give an update Monday on the missing person case of Melinda Davis, a 33-year-old mother who was last seen on Feb. 25 heading to her ex-boyfriend’s home.

Shortly before the 1 p.m. news conference was set to begin, News 5 learned from Davis's friends that she was found dead and that her vehicle was also found.

RELATED: Body of missing Richland County woman Melinda Davis has been found

The sheriff’s office said “significant updates in this case” will be given during the news conference at 1 p.m. Watch it live in the media player below:

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The mother of four was last seen when she was heading to the home of her ex-boyfriend, John Henry Mack Jr., to pick up items she left behind.

Mack was arrested and charged with Davis’ kidnapping.

Police believe the last person Davis texted before arriving at Mack’s home was her friend Paula Littlefield. Littlefield said she was apprehensive about going to the house.

Littlefield said she missed Davis’ phone call Thursday morning, so she texted her back.

The text Littlefield received back is chilling.

“She said I’m almost to Johnny’s house, if you don’t hear from me in a few hours something may have gone wrong. I said, 'Oh my gosh, you’ve got me freaked out,'” Littlefield said.

The two set up a plan for Davis to call Littlefield when she was done at the house, but Davis never called.

Family and friends of Davis are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads police to her.

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