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Body of missing Shelby woman found in the trunk of her car by Columbus Police

The woman went missing several weeks ago, and an ex-boyfriend has since been arrested in connection to her disappearance.

RICHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — During a Monday afternoon press conference, the Richland County Sheriff's Office announced that it had located the body of Melinda Kay Davis, who was first reported missing in February. 

Officials say that Davis' body was located after the Columbus Police Department located the woman's missing black Jetta on March 14. Major Crimes responded to the scene and during the processing of the crime scene, officers found the woman in the trunk and transported her body to the Montgomery County Coroners' Officer for an autopsy. 

The Richland County Sheriff's Office says that it is working with the Shelby Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, and other law enforcement agencies during the ongoing investigation

Just a day after Davis went missing on Feb. 25, an arrest warrant was issued for the woman's ex-boyfriend John Henry Mack Jr.

Mack Jr. was later located in the Mansfield area thanks to a combined effort between the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), Richland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mansfield Police Department.

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At the time of the arrest in early Marc, Richland County Sheriff Steve Sheldon stated, “The task force has been operating for over 10 years in the Mansfield area and cases like this are exactly why we will continue to work with our local and federal partners. Law enforcement across the country worked day and night, shrinking this suspect’s world and he had no where else to run.”

3News will stream the live press conference in the player at the top of this story. 

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Editor's note: the video in the player below is from a story published on Jan. 4, 2021.

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