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Crime Madison Bell: Man 'may have information' on missing Ohio teen, sheriff says

17:58  22 may  2020
17:58  22 may  2020 Source:   cincinnati.com

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Authorities in Highland County are now searching for a person who they said could have information about the disappearance of Madison "Maddie" Bell, an 18-year-old who went missing Sunday. 

a person sitting in front of a brick wall: Madison Bell, 18, from Highland County has been missing since Sunday, May 17, 2020. © Provided Madison Bell, 18, from Highland County has been missing since Sunday, May 17, 2020.

The Highland County and Ross County sheriff's offices have shared images of a white Nissan sedan and a  man who they are interested in identifying, they said. 

"This individual may have information related to the disappearance of Madison Bell," a Facebook post from the Highland County Sheriff's Office said. 

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The photo of the man in question was taken at a local business near the place that Bell disappeared, said Highland County Chief Deputy Brandon Stratton.

"This guy is attached to this car, and this car is believed to have been at the location Maddie left her car at," Stratton told the Chillicothe Gazette.

The car is a white sedan with California plates. The man has brown hair, a short beard and thin mustache, and was last seen wearing a white shirt with a green check pattern. 

Bell disappeared Sunday morning after she failed to make it to her tanning appointment on Ohio 28. 

a car parked on the side of a road: The Highland County Sheriff's Office has released images of a car they say may be connected to the disappearance of Madison Bell, 18. © Provided The Highland County Sheriff's Office has released images of a car they say may be connected to the disappearance of Madison Bell, 18.

Bell's mother reported that she last saw Madison at her home in Ross County and that Madison was going to a Highland County business to tan. Bell's vehicle was located later in a church parking lot with her keys and phone inside, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office. 

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The matter is actively under investigation by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Greenfield Police Department.

The disappearance spurred a massive community search. More than 350 people showed up with search equipment such as ATVs. 

a woman smiling for the camera: Madison Bell has been missing since Sunday from her home in Greenfield, Ohio © Provided Madison Bell has been missing since Sunday from her home in Greenfield, Ohio

The search only ended when it got too dark to search effectively, according to law enforcement. 

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Madison Bell is urged to call the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 393-1421 or the Ross County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 773-1185. There is also a specific hotline at 844-727-9111. 

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