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Vigil To Be Held For Missing Woman

By Staff | Apr 6, 2017

Melinda Rice

WILEYVILLE — A grid search, dinner, and candelight vigil for Melinda “Mendy” Rice, will be held April 15. Rice, a 42-year-old mother of four, was last seen Monday, March 20 in Wetzel County.

Those interested in aiding with the grid search are asked to be at New Martinsville’s Certified gas station at 11 a.m., April 15.

An April 1 search, conducted by Rice’s family and friends, resulted in no leads. The search lasted from about 11 a.m. until sunset that evening. Some individuals searched the Brock Ridge area, while others searched the ridges surrounding Brock Ridge.

Rice, a Gilmer County resident, was last seen walking away from a home on Brock Ridge near Wileyville in Wetzel County.

Following the scheduled search on April 15, a dinner, for the family and friends of Rice, will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Wildcat’s Den. The facility is located at 217 4th Street in Paden City.

Melinda Rice

Following the dinner, family and friends are encouraged to meet at the Brooklyn Park in New Martinsville, for a candlelight vigil. According to a friend of the Rice family, the vigil will be held “in honor of Mendy and bringing her home safely.”

In the meantime, a GoFundMe account has been created, to help raise additional reward money. The account is titled “Help Raise Funds to Bring Mendy,” and is accessible at www.gofundme.com/3lg40hc

Right now, the family is offering $1,000 for information leading to Rice’s discovery.

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.

When she was last seen, Rice was wearing a dark colored West Virginia hooded sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and white tennis shoes.

Melinda Rice

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 has also taken search dogs to the area where Rice was last seen.

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 has said of Rice.

Anyone with information about Rice is asked to contact law enforcement.

Melinda Rice

“We would like to thank everyone for your continued prayers,” the family of Rice has stated.