Prayer vigil held for Maddie Bell, Ohio teen missing since Sunday

Vigil held for Madison Bell, Ohio teen missing since Sunday

HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - As the sun set on day four of the search for Madison Bell, residents of Greenfield, Ohio gathered at a local church to pray for her safe return.

Bell, 18, who goes by ‘Maddie,' left her house in Greenfield on Sunday and did not return.

As she left her house, Maddie’s mother says she told her she was going to a tanning appointment. Her boyfriend told FOX19 NOW Tuesday he was there as well.

Investigators say they found her car abandoned in a church parking lot with her keys and cell phone left inside later that day.

In the time since her disappearance, volunteers have descended upon Highland County and fanned out across the region, disbursing flyers as far away as Kentucky.

The FBI has joined in the search as well.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s prayer vigil at Greenfield Church of Christ offered an opportunity for the community to come together in support of Bell’s family.

Songs were sung, candles were lit and kind words were spoken of Maddie. Those who know her said she’s the sort of girl who’s always smiling and fun to be around.

The gathering prayed for Maddie. They also prayed for everyone involved -- for the volunteers and in particular for her family, who say they just want her home.

“Just please come home," Bill Bell, Maddie’s dad, said. "I know you’re tough, do what you can. If you have to fight, whatever. Just come home safe and sound, that’s all I want.

“It seems like a nightmare,” Bell continued. “She had to be abducted, because she’s not going to miss my birthday and all the senior events, because that’s what she looked forward to.

"Whoever has her, please drop her off. We won’t say nothing to you as long as she’s home safe and sound.”

The family says they appreciate the support of everyone in the community and beyond.

Anyone with information on her disappearance is being asked to call the hotline at 844.727.9111 or the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at 937.393.1421.

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