A reward of $13,000 has been announced in the search of Glen Burnie resident Melanie Meleney, a 45-year-old woman who disappeared in October 2018.
Meleney has been missing for more than a year but has not been ruled dead by police, who said they are concerned about her welfare.
The investigation is ongoing, but this reward was not prompted by new information, but lack thereof, said Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County Police Department. Police hope the passage of time might mean witnesses are more comfortable coming forward, Davis said.
The reward is a combination of money from different groups: Anne Arundel County police have put forth $10,000, another $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers and $1,000 from Meleney’s family.
Meleney’s family said they are heartbroken and seeking justice. They hope the reward encourages people to come forward.
“Somebody, and we the family and the police feel sure, that somebody has seen something or heard something,” said Bridget Dornbusch, Meleney’s mother. “I just pray that the police will be able to get whatever information they need to apprehend the person who is responsible for this."
Meleney was first reported missing by her son on Oct. 13, 2018. She was last seen by her son on Oct. 11, 2018, in Glen Burnie, and, according to police, by another witness on the morning of Oct. 12, 2018. She has not been seen or heard from since.
On Oct. 23, 2018, police received a report of human remains, when a resident was walking their dog along the water in Glen Burnie. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined those remains belonged to Meleney. Police said despite the discovery, Meleney has not been ruled dead.
Over the next several weeks, police said they conducted searches of nearby land and water, executed search warrants, and conducted interviews as a part of the investigation.
Before she disappeared, Meleney was working at Amazon and expecting a grandchild. Dornbusch said Meleney was a beautiful, “full of life” person, and a wonderful mother.
Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information about Meleney’s disappearance to call the Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If anyone wishes to come forward anonymously, they can contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.