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Search To Be Held Saturday For Missing Woman

By Staff | Mar 31, 2017

Melinda "Mendy" Rice went missing on Monday, March 20.

WILEYVILLE — The the family of 42-year-old Melinda Rice has organized a search, to be held Saturday, April 1.

Those interested in assisting with the search are asked to be at New Martinsville’s Certified gas station at 10 a.m. on April 1.

It has been more than a week since Rice, a mother of four, went missing. She was last seen walking away from a home on Brock Ridge, near Wileyville in Wetzel County.

According to her family, Rice has a slender build, brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 foot 4 inches tall and weighs 120 to 125 pounds. She has a tattoo of a cross on her left middle finger, a small dagger tattoo, and a tattoo that says “I Love Freddie” on her right ankle.

Rice was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and white tennis shoes when she went missing.

Rice’s family has searched for her, or signs of her whereabouts, since her disappearance. The family said they found an article of clothing along the road in the area where she was last seen. The item was taken to the state police.

The state police did take search dogs to the area where Rice was last seen; however, the search yielded no results.

Rice’s family is offering a $1000 reward for information concerning her whereabouts.

The family said if Rice can see the news reports, they want her to know that they are really worried, “and she needs to contact somebody.”

“This is not like her,” a family member said of Rice.

The West Virginia State Police said there are no new updates regarding Rice’s disappearance. Anyone with information about Rice is asked to contact the state police at 304-455-0913.