What we know about missing Shelby woman

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Published 4:52 p.m. ET March 8, 2021


Melinda Kay Davis (Photo: Submitted)

What we know in the Mansfield-area missing person case:

Melinda Kay (Clark) Davis, 33, of Shelby, was last seen around 7:20 a.m. Feb. 25 driving her black 2013 Volkswagen Jetta with Ohio plates JGZ8921 near Shelby High School. She has not been seen or heard from since, authorities said.

This is the missing vehicle a black Volkswagon Jetta belonging to the missing Shelby woman Melinda Davis, 33. Ohio license plate number JGZ8921. If anyone has any information, call the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, 419-524-2412. (Photo: Submitted)

Davis was believed to have been headed to Mansfield to meet with her ex-boyfriend, John Henry Mack Jr., 43, of Cliffside Drive, to collect some items that belonged to her late brother, according to an initial news release from Shelby police Chief Lance Coombs.

John Mack Jr. (Photo: Submitted)

Mack Jr. was a truck driver for J.B. Hunt and he and Davis split up about a year ago, according to Davis’ sister, Lisa Davis. 

On her way to see Mack Jr., Davis called a friend and said, “If you don’t hear from me, call the police,” according to court documents.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit obtained a search warrant for Mack Jr.’s residence and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called to process the scene on Friday, Feb. 26.

Investigators found blood, believed to be Davis’, at Mack Jr.’s residence, according to court documents.

A warrant for Mack Jr.’s arrest on a charge of kidnapping was issued Feb. 26 in connection with Davis’ disappearance.

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Law enforcement officers investigate the home of John H. Mack on Cliffside Drive on Friday, where missing woman Melinda Davis, 33, of Shelby said she was going on Thursday and has not been seen since. (Photo: Jason J. Molyet/News Journal)

Police, volunteers search for Shelby woman as reward is offered

Police and volunteers conducted an extensive search on  the night of Feb. 26 in the area of Glessner and Marion avenues, going door-to-door and using K-9s to try to find Davis or information related to the case.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service on March 2 offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information directly leading to Mack Jr.’s arrest.

Mack Jr. was arrested without incident at 6:02 p.m. Thursday, March 4, near East First and South Adams streets after law enforcement received a tip that he was in Mansfield.

Also arrested were Mack Jr.’s son, Jabyn Mack, 18, of Mansfield, and Jabyn’s wife, Alexandria Mack, 18, of Bellville. They were both charged with obstructing official business. They had picked up Mack Jr. in Columbus and driven him to Mansfield knowing he was wanted, according to court documents.

Mack Jr. was arraigned on Friday morning, March 5, with bond set at $1 million. He reportedly told a corrections officer at the Richland County Jail that they were not going to find any DNA evidence because he had just bought new clothing from Walmart the day before, according to a sheriff’s report.

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Jaybyn Mack (Photo: Jason J. Molyet/News Journal)

Jabyn Mack called the Shelby Police Department on March 4 wanting to turn his father in for the $5,000 reward money, according to court records.

Jabyn Mack and Alexandria Mack were released on cash bond of $5,000 on Friday, according to jail records. Mack Jr. remains in the county jail.

Alexandria Mack (Photo: Submitted)

Family and friends of Melinda Davis on Monday offered a reward for up to $3,000 for information leading directly to her location or the location of her vehicle.

Davis was described as a female, 33, 5 feet tall, approximately 145 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes and tattoos on both arms and wrists, and also on both right and left shoulders.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4-WANTED.

Melinda Kay Davis (Photo: Submitted)

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