PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Vancouver police have identified a person of interest in the disappearance of a mother and child who were last seen on the morning of March 12, as well as 3 cars connected to the case.
A man named Kirkland Warren may have been the last person with Meshay Melendez, 27, and her 8-year-old daughter Layla Stewart before their disappearance, according to police.
Investigators say Melendez and Stewart were last seen in the area of Vancouver Mall Drive and Northeast 77th Avenue, and Melendez’s car was discovered near the area on March 19.
Authorities arrested Warren on March 19 on charges of tampering with a witness, illegally possessing a firearm and violating a domestic violence order that protects Melendez.
He is currently being held in the Clark County Jail on bail of $1,120,000.
The Vancouver Police Department said it is “actively following up on leads received from both the community as well as evidence recovered as part of the search warrant at [Warren’s] residence.”
During this investigation, police ask anyone with surveillance systems to check their cameras for three vehicles between March 11-13:
- 2021 maroon Dodge Charger, Oregon license plate 812MWM
- 1999 white Chevrolet Lumina, Washington license plate 3A68206
- 2011 white Chrysler 200, Washington license plate (number not specified)
Anyone with further information can contact:
Detective Givens — email@example.com
Detective Nolan — firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergeant Ballou — email@example.com
Or call 911.
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