EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFirst "Melanie's Hope" Fundraiser Held At Coonskin
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Katy Brown
Reported: Jul. 20, 2013 5:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 20, 2013 11:57 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Friday marked the seventh anniversary since Melanie Metheny of Charleston went missing, and Saturday her family held the first Melanie's Hope fundraiser.
Metheny hasn't been seen since she dropped her three children off at day care. Her van was found abandoned on the West Side.
That was seven years ago. Today, her family is still holding on to hope.
“We won't ever quit,” Melanie Metheny’s grandmother, Sandra Metheny, said. “We won't ever quit until we get her home.
Family and friends are keeping Melanie Metheny's name alive. Saturday morning, they gathered at Coonskin Park for a special fundraiser. Money raised will benefit animal organizations, since she loved animals.
But the family also used the opportunity to help keep kids in the community stay safe with fingerprinting by the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
"If your child is ever lost or anything happens to them and they become missing it's very important to have records and things like that available to help locate your loved one," Melanie Metheny’s stepfather, William Daniel, said.
Efforts keep going to keep children safe and keep the name of a missing woman alive, until the mystery is solved.
“Do the right thing,” Sandra Metheny said. “Somebody knows. They just need to come out with it, so they can sleep at night.
Friday marked the seventh anniversary since Melanie Metheny of Charleston went missing.
Her family held the first Melanie's Hope fundraiser Saturday at Coonskin Park.
There were plenty of games for the kids, a silent auction and some food.
Money raised at the fundraiser will benefit animal organizations, since family members aid Metheny had a love for animals.
The family also used this opportunity with the hopes that kids in the community stay safe.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department was on hand to fingerprint children.
"If your child is ever lost or anything happens to them and they become missing, it's very important to have records and things like that available to help locate your loved one," Metheny’s stepfather William Daniel said.
Metheny's family plans to hold the fundraiser every year in her honor.
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