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Teen’s disappearance has friends frightened


Melani Sutton’s friends are afraid. The 18-year-old has been missing for 12 days now and they’re worried something horrible has happened.

“I know something is wrong with her. If she left even for a day, she’d call her friends or parents. She didn’t hold anything from them, they had a good relationship,” said 18-year-old Quinn Jones.

Police have intensified their search for the missing teen, who was last seen leaving a house party here in the early hours of March 11. Her parents reported her missing March 13, and police are now calling her disappearance suspicious.

“There’s been no new developments at all,” Fort Frances Cst. Cam Howard said this morning.

“We’re just taking tips, and any information that we get we’re tracking down with our K-9 units and our helicopters,” he added.

Meanwhile, Jones and Rebekah Barron, also 18, can only wait and hope police can figure out where Sutton is. “I just hope she’s found and comes home,” said Jones.

Sutton was living with her parents, and had just started a part-time job at a local restaurant. She also has one older sister.

Described as a very sociable girl, she was well-liked by her peers and they have done all they can to help in the search.

“I’ve known her since grade three. She likes to be with her friends, she’s very sociable,” said Jones. “She was very out-going and she got along with everybody.”

But now there is little her friends can do but wait as the OPP Northwest Region Criminal Investigation Unit searches the area for clues with two K-9 units and a helicopter.

“We can only hand out posters,” said Barron, visibly upset.

Local police also have been questioning friends, family members, and acquaintances.

“I hope they find her. And if anything did happen to her, find out who did it,” said Jones.

Sutton is described as a white female, standing 5’7” and weighing 120 pounds, with blue eyes and shoulder length hair. She wears wire-rim glasses.

She was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with the “ROOTS” logo printed on the front in large white lettering, blue jeans, and gray and white running shoes.

Police are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them at 274-3322 or 1-888-310-1122.

For Jones, the disappearance of her friend has even caused her to wonder how safe Fort Frances is.

“I don’t really feel safe in this little town any more. Even during the day, I look at everybody different,” she said.

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