After disappearing on Sunday, Madison Bell, an Ohio teen has been found safe. Madison Bell told the police that she is safe and left on her own free will. Madison who is only 18 was reported missing around 11.20 am on Sunday, May 17. A massive search was launched when she disappeared after leaving her home to visit a tanning salon a few hours before her high school graduation ceremony.
Later, her car was found in the parking lot of a church, unlocked with her phone inside. The police suspected foul play immediately. However, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office says that Madison is safe and left of her own free will. Also, she doesn’t want to disclose her location. Therefore, no arrests will be made in the case.
After knowing that Madison is safe her family released a statement saying: ‘We ask that the public and media respect our privacy during this difficult time while we are emotionally raw.’
‘We are just relieved to know Maddie is alive and not in physical danger.’
‘Every single effort to find Maddie has touched us and we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts,’ the statement added. Melissa Bell also said there’s no way her daughter disappeared willingly.
Madison Bell’s Disappearance
According to her mother, Madison would never leave her family and friends, especially during graduation week. Her mother and longtime boyfriend found her car at the Good Shepherd Church parking lot near the Corner Market tanning salon. ‘She would never leave her car unlocked, she would never leave her phone in there, said her mother.
The case has also attracted national attention with the FBI joining the investigation. FBI is searching for a white car bearing California tags. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also pleaded for Madison’s safe return.
Police released images of a man and a car with California plates on Thursday which can be connected with the case. The man was spotted in the parking lot where Madison’s car was found.
According to a church worker, the white four-door vehicle they saw in the lot stood out as there were no services due to COVID-19.
The man has been identified as a white male which they believed to have California license plates. After Madison Bell was confirmed safe, it is unclear whether he has any connection with the case. It is also not clear whether he had a connection with her decision to leave her family without informing them.