Farmington police turn to public for help in missing person cold case

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Authorities in Farmington are hoping the public can help in the search for a woman who was last seen five years ago.

Police say that on Sunday, April 20, 2014, Melanie James was last seen by her sister walking around McKinley Elementary School with an African American male. According to police, James’ sister did not recognize the man and by the time she turned her vehicle around, James was gone and has not been seen or heard from since. 

While it was not uncommon for friends and family to not hear from James for days, authorities say in June when she had still not contacted anyone, James’ mother reported her daughter as a missing person. 

Over the years, the Farmington Police Department says they have exhausted leads and followed up on tips with no success. They are again reviewing the case in search of additional investigative avenues.

A prayer vigil for Melanie and all of missing and murdered indigenous people will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Orchard Park in Farmington.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Melanie James is asked to contact Detective Heather Chavez at 505-566-2370 or non-emergency dispatch at 505-334.6622.

Anonymous tips can also be made through the Farmington Police Department Detective Tip Hotline at 505-599-1068.

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