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Baltimore County police probing ‘possible connection’ between woman’s disappearance and suicide in the city

Baltimore County Police are working with officers in Baltimore City to probe a possible connection between the disappearance of a Milford Mill woman and the death of a man whose body was found near Carver High School earlier this week.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said Wednesday that the department is concerned there is “foul play” involved in the case of Charla Melvin, 50, missing since Saturday evening. She was last seen in the 3700 block of Twin Lakes Court where she lives in Milford Mill.

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City police are investigating the death of Thomas Davis, 55, as an “apparent suicide.”

“We are aware of the city’s investigation into the suicide and a possible connection to our missing person,” said Officer Jen Peach, a county police spokeswoman, on Thursday. “We are working with Baltimore City as we investigate our case. It’s important to us to find her given we believe foul play is involved. Every lead that comes to our office, we are going to completely and fully investigate.”

Melvin may be with her car, a black 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe with Maryland plates 3CR7429.

Col. Robert McCullough, who oversees the county police criminal investigations bureau, described Melvin as being about 5-foot-2, 120 pounds with a rose tattoo on her body.

“We’re concerned ... because she’s been missing since Sept. 7, at about [9:50 a.m.] when she was last heard from,” McCullough said. “We don’t know where she is. We’ve made every attempt to locate her.”

Officials said Melvin has some “minor health issues” that they are concerned could further endanger her.

Hyatt and other police officials declined to get into specifics about the investigation, and about what caused their concern of foul play, citing the “very sensitive” nature of the investigation.

“There’s not a lot we can divulge,” Hyatt said. “Our primary goal is to locate Charla and bring her home.”

Melvin’s family said she is a mother and a grandmother, who has “a lot of loved ones who love her very much.”

“Not really sure what to say, outside of the fact that we never thought that we’d be here," said Dena Fisher, a cousin of Melvin’s. “We’re hoping that you can do whatever you can to step forward in searching, and in prayer, and, yeah, to help lift up this investigation.”

Marquitta Rose, one of Melvin’s children, said it was “very unusual” for her family to not have heard from Melvin in this long. She asked people to help spread the word and look for her mother.

“Please, if it comes across your feed, just share it, tweet it, click it, whatever,” she said.

Police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson said several departments were involved in searching for Melvin and her vehicle, which was last seen in West Baltimore.

Units involved in the search include a regional auto theft task force and homicide detectives from Baltimore County.

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Officials declined to specify where in West Baltimore the vehicle was seen and did not specify if Melvin was in it at the time.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood where Melvin was last seen on Wednesday afternoon.

Baltimore Sun reporter Talia Richman contributed to this article.

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