Police searching for missing 18-year-old from Highland Co.

Search crews, investigators looking for teen missing from Highland County
Updated: May. 18, 2020 at 10:46 PM EDT
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GREENFIELD, Ohio (FOX19) - Police in Highland County are searching for a missing 18-year-old who was last seen Sunday afternoon.

According to the National Center for Missing and Endangered, Inc., Madison Bell did not show up to a scheduled tanning appointment.

“She yelled, ‘I’m going to go tan. I’ll be right back.’ and I was like, ‘Okay, be careful.’ She left and I haven’t heard from her since," Madison’s mother, Melissa said.

When her phone was pinged for a location, it was found inside her abandoned car with keys at a local church on S.R. 28, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Bell’s mother has filed a missing persons report and the sheriff’s office is actively investigating.

“Whoever has her, bring her home to her family," Melissa said. "This is not right. You don’t take her and not bring her home. She needs to be back home where she’s safe.”

She is described as 5′6″, 120-125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

“When a parent’s child goes missing in this case it becomes a concern for everybody in the community,” Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said. “We’re a small community and the community is coming together strong and everybody is actively looking for Madison at this time. We hope that we hear from her soon and find out that she’s ok.”

The sheriff’s office said they are looking for a white car with possible California tags.

They received information about a vehicle matching that description in Hillsboro but it was not the vehicle they were looking for.

“I want to get her picture and her name across the United States because she would never ever leave intentionally ever. So somebody has her and I know that, as her mother, I know that," Melissa said.

If you have seen her or have any information on her whereabouts, you’re asked to contact Greenfield police at 937-987-4466.

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