(Friday morning update): Rescue 101 SAR and Texas Equisearch are looking for volunteers to help search for Madison Bell on foot and by ATV this weekend.

The search will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at 12646 Centerfield Road, Greenfield (Madison Township community building).

Searchers are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. to sign in and gear up for a day of searching. Please remember to pack for the weather. If you plan on attending one or both days, volunteers are asked to sign up so organizers know how many searchers to plan for.

Searchers must be over the age of 18 and present a valid photo ID.

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/2488944367872614/?event_time_id=2488944374539280.

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released the following statement Thursday evening on behalf of the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Highland County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio is releasing new information in regards to missing person, Madison Bell.

“Investigators are interested in identifying the individual captured in images on May 17 in Highland County, Ohio. They believe this unknown man may have information regarding missing 18-year-old Madison Bell.

“If anyone recognizes this person, the vehicle pictured or has information regarding Madison Bell you can contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or through Ohio Crime Stoppers at FB@SouthernCrimeStoppers and clicking on the ‘use app’ button or call 1-800-222-TIPS.”

Photos of the individual can be viewed with this article. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's poster for Bell is available at https://www.missingkids.org/poster/NCMC/1391170/1/screen.


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(Thursday afternoon update): A $15,000 reward is being offered for information on the safe return of 18-year-old Madison “Maddie” Bell, who has been missing from the Greenfield area since Sunday, May 17.

According to WLWT, “Maddie's family is now offering a $15,000 reward for any information that will help locate Maddie.”

In addition to the family’s reward, the owners of Big City Pizza have started the Madison Bell Community Reward Fund at Merchants National Bank.

Area businesses and individuals are invited to consider making a donation to this fund at any Hillsboro, Greenfield or Washington Court House branch of Merchants National Bank, Big City Pizza or Stevens Hardware (both in Greenfield), according to the Big City Pizza Facebook page.

Donations can also be mailed to Merchants National Bank, P.O. Box 299, Greenfield, Ohio 45123 with checks made payable to Madison Bell Community Reward Fund.

If the reward is not claimed, funds will go to Bell’s family, the Big City Pizza post said.

Search and rescue efforts for the teen are being organized by members of the Rescue 101 Search & Rescue Team and volunteers, according to the Bring Maddie Bell Home Facebook page.

Volunteers meet at the Madison Township community building at 12646 Centerfield Road, Greenfield. According to the Bring Maddie Bell Home Facebook page, no volunteers are being used until Saturday, May 23.

Donations are being sought for the rescue efforts, including: Ziploc baggies (sandwich and gallon); water bottles; Gatorade; bread; peanut butter; jelly; cheese sticks; personal wipes (small packs); granola bars; nuts; chips (individual bags); Slim Jims; bug spray; sunblock; small trash bags; and plastic gloves.

Donations can be dropped off at the Madison Township community building.

A prayer vigil for Bell was held Wednesday evening in the parking lot of Greenfield Church of Christ.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has listed Bell on their Ohio Missing Persons page as a “Lost, injured or missing” person.

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Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera reported that on Sunday, May 17 at approximately 11:22 a.m., the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the mother of 18-year-old Madison Bell, whom she reported missing.

Madison’s mother reported that she last saw Madison at her home in Ross County and that Madison was going to a Highland County business to tan. 

It is believed that Madison did not make it to the business to tan. Her vehicle was located by her mother at a local church, near the tanning business on S.R. 28, west of Greenfield.

Deputies arrived and met with the family. The matter of the missing 18-year-old is actively under investigation by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, BCI and the Greenfield Police Department. 

"There is nothing new as of this evening (Tuesday, May 19)," Barrera said. "We are just following up on any leads that are called into the office. This has gone nationwide and we're getting calls from all over the United States."

According to Sheriff Barrera, information was obtained regarding a white vehicle with California license tags, parked in the parking lot of the church, where Madison’s vehicle was located. With the help of the community, a vehicle fitting the description was located at a Hillsboro business. Follow-up investigation found that the vehicle was not the vehicle that deputies are looking for.

Earlier this week, a plea went out to over-the-road truck drivers to be on the lookout for a white sedan with California plates.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madison Bell, please call the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 393-1421 or the Ross County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 773-1185.

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The original story follows.

GREENFIELD – Hundreds of Greenfield area residents have joined a search to help find a missing 18-year-old after her car was found in the parking lot of a local church.


According to reports, Madison Bell, 18, left her Ross County home Sunday, May 17 to go tanning, but did not return. Her car was located with both her keys and cell phone inside.

According to authorities, the parking lot where her car was found is being considered a crime scene. The search continued Monday morning.

Anyone with information on her disappearance is being asked to call the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 393-1421 or call the hotline number at (844) 727-9111.