Dismembered body found in tote bag leaves families of missing loved ones anxious
There are more than 200 open Kentucky cases in the Missing Persons Database, a nationwide system made up of thousands of missing persons all over the country.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- June 4, 2013 is the day that Melvia Roarx seemingly vanished.
At the time of her disappearance, family members say the 28-year-old mother of four was living in Caneyville, Ky.
“She went to the grocery store to pick up some sodas, and she never returned home,” said Roarx’s uncle, Joey Price.
Though Roarx’s home is in Grayson County, investigators say her van was found abandoned some 70 miles away, outside of Shepherdsville in Bullitt County.
Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins calls the disappearance “suspicious,” and says foul play is suspected.
On Saturday, when Roarx’s relatives learned a dismembered body had been found in a tote bag in the Green River, Price says they felt a mix of emotions.
“Somebody just vanishes in the blink of an eye, and they’re gone, and you don’t know where they’re at," Price said. “It brings back that hurt because you want to know is it your loved one? You hope it ain't, but then you wonder if it is. Can you get that closure that you're looking for?”
It’s something Price says the family deals with each and every time a body is found in the area.
Roarx is just one of Kentucky’s more than 200 open cases in the Missing Persons Database. Thousands of cases make up the nationwide database which is maintained by the National Missing and Unidentified Person System.
Kentucky State Police will look at that system for clues in the Green River mystery.
“You look at missing persons reports, people that we've been trying to find in not just this immediate area, but surrounding areas,” said Trooper B.J. Eaton with Kentucky State Police.
For now, Roarx's family and others all over wait for details to emerge.
"You wonder for all the families. You'd like to find closure for all of them -- each and everyone. Because everyone wants to know where their loved one's at,” Price said.
The Hart County Coroner says the autopsy on the body found in the Green River was completed on Sunday. As of Monday night though, no details have been released about that person.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Bowling Green post of Kentucky State Police at (270) 782-2010.
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