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Melissa Ward (Cold Case Murder Investigation)
Date: 07/15/2011
Janice Atkinson
Public Information Officer
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are currently following up on information received concerning a cold case murder investigation reported to law enforcement in 2004. On December 5, 2004 bones were located at 1580 Cash Canyon Road in a wooded area, that were later identified through a forensic examination as belonging to Melissa Ward. The victim had been reported missing by her family to law enforcement on November 2, 2004.

A ground search is being conducted of the area where Melissa Ward’s remains were located in December 2004. Interviews with persons of interest are being conducted by investigators in an attempt to bring closure to this active homicide investigation.

As with any on-going investigation particulars of the case will not be released to the media, although additional updates will be sent as information becomes available.

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