The grandmother of a Kanawha County woman who went missing almost 7 years ago said the news of the missing women found in Cleveland, has given her a renewed feeling of hope.
Melanie Metheny was last seen dropping her three kids off at daycare in Belle July 19, 2006.
Since that day Sandra Metheny has continued to look for her granddaughter.
"It has been a long hard road and it has been tough. And now they have found these girls, and that gives you hope," Sandra Metheny said.
"But you get hope and then you get knocked down."
Sandra said seeing the news of the women found in Ohio allows her to dream of a happy homecoming for the granddaughter she loved.
"You don't have a choice you just have to go on," Sandra Metheny said. "You can't quit. You just have to keep going."
Melanie's story was once top of mind to many people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding areas. But Sandra said as the years have passed Melanie's case has faded into the backdrop, leaving her frustrated and wishing more people would help.
She said a billboard in Belle that was once in a prominent position on the side of the road, is no longer maintained and is being swallowed by weeds and brush.
"Just spreading the word. Just sharing the pictures, anything. One little thing somebody says might be what you need," Sandra Metheny said.
And as she looks for clues as to what might have happened to Melanie she is hoping to find answers for the three children Melanie loved.
"They are not babies anymore. They are getting big fast and they are going to have a lot of questions," Sandra said regarding Melanie's children. "We need to get them some answers. Most of all we need Melanie."
If you have any information on Melanie Metheny's whereabouts you are asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's office by calling 304-357-0169.
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