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Police released a photo of a man ‘seen in the church parking lot’ where the missing Ohio teen’s car was found

Police released images Thursday of a man they want to identify while hunting for the missing Ohio teen Madison Bell.

Madison Bell, 18, was last seen leaving her Ross County home on a Sunday morning to go to a tanning salon. Her car was later found in a parking lot in the church, unlocked and with the missing teen’s phone in it and the keys still in the ignition.

The Highland County Sheriff’s Office said the man may have information regarding the 18-year-old’s disappearance.

Police say the man is “attached” to a white sedan with California plates “believed to be at the location where Maddie left her car.”

A church worker told police that the white four-door vehicle they saw on the property stood out because there were no services due to COVID-19.

They said there was a white man by the vehicle, who they thought had California license plates. The image released by the police was taken at a nearby company.

Police released this image Thursday of a man they want to identify in the hunt for missing Ohio teen Madison Bell. Police say the man is “attached” to a white sedan with California plates “believed to be at the location where Maddie left her car at”

Madison Bell has been described as a white woman, weighing 120 pounds and standing at 5 feet 6 inches high, with brown eyes and brown hair

Madison Bell has been described as a white woman, weighing 120 pounds and standing at 5 feet 6 inches high, with brown eyes and brown hair

She has gray contact lenses, a cross tattoo on her neck and a ghost tattoo on her side

She has gray contact lenses, a cross tattoo on her neck and a ghost tattoo on her side

Madison Bell has been described as a white woman, weighing 120 pounds and standing at 5 feet 6 inches high, with brown eyes and brown hair. She has gray contact lenses, a cross tattoo on her neck and a ghost tattoo on her side

Police also released images of the white car, writing, “Investigators are interested in identifying the person in the photos below. This person may have information about Madison Bell’s disappearance from Highland County on May 17. ‘

Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said, “So far we have found no reason why she should have driven into that parking lot.”

“Nothing sloppy or looked like it had been searched or anything,” he said of her car.

Police also released images of the white car, writing, “Investigators are interested in identifying the person in the photos below. This person may have information about Madison Bell’s disappearance from Highland County on May 17. ‘

Governor Mike DeWine urged everyone with information to come forward in his briefing on Thursday, and the FBI also took part in the search for Madison.

Madison Bell, 18, was last seen leaving her Ross County home on a Sunday morning to go to a tanning salon. Her car was later found in a parking lot in the church, unlocked and with the missing teen's phone in it and the keys still in the ignition.

Madison Bell, 18, was last seen leaving her Ross County home on a Sunday morning to go to a tanning salon. Her car was later found in a parking lot in the church, unlocked and with the missing teen's phone in it and the keys still in the ignition.

Madison Bell, 18, was last seen leaving her Ross County home on a Sunday morning to go to a tanning salon. Her car was later found in a parking lot in the church, unlocked and with the missing teen’s phone in it and the keys still in the ignition.

Bell (pictured with her five-year-old boyfriend, right) was due to graduate Sunday afternoon. Her mom said she didn't want to miss it

Bell (pictured with her five-year-old boyfriend, right) was due to graduate Sunday afternoon. Her mom said she didn't want to miss it

Her mom said she wouldn't have missed her graduation

Her mom said she wouldn't have missed her graduation

Bell (pictured with her five-year-old resident friend, left) was due to graduate Sunday afternoon. Her mom said she didn’t want to miss it

Madison's mother, Melissa Bell (left) and her friend, Cody Mann (right), drove to church and found her car unlocked with her phone in it

Madison's mother, Melissa Bell (left) and her friend, Cody Mann (right), drove to church and found her car unlocked with her phone in it

Madison’s mother, Melissa Bell (left) and her friend, Cody Mann (right), drove to church and found her car unlocked with her phone in it

High school disappeared just hours before graduation on Sunday morning.

Her mom, Melissa Bell, said she last saw Madison at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday before the senior left to go to her tanning bed appointment before graduating from McClain High School.

Tanning firms were reopened in Ohio last Friday after the coronavirus was blocked.

When Madison, known to her family and friends as “Maddie,” did not return home after about an hour, her mother started texting and calling her, but received no response.

Bell insisted that her daughter never leave her family and friends, especially during the graduation week.

“She would always contact me, even if she was five minutes late,” said the distraught mother.

Cody Mann, five-year-old friend Madison, burst into tears and begged for her safe return during an interview with Fox19.

“She’s the most loving girl I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean, I can’t even explain … I just want her to come home, “he said, sobbing.

I’ll see you when you come back is the last thing I have to say, ”he added.

Bell's car was found abandoned with the keys still in the ignition in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Church in Highland County (photo)

Bell's car was found abandoned with the keys still in the ignition in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Church in Highland County (photo)

Bell’s car was found abandoned with the keys still in the ignition in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Church in Highland County (photo)

Madison Bell, 18, was last seen leaving her home in Ross County, Ohio on Sunday evening

Madison Bell, 18, was last seen leaving her home in Ross County, Ohio on Sunday evening

She went to a tanning salon, but she didn't get there

She went to a tanning salon, but she didn't get there

Madison Bell, 18 (left and right), was last seen leaving her home in Ross County, Ohio on Sunday evening. She went to a tanning salon, but she didn’t get there

More than 300 volunteers searched for Madison on Sunday and Monday, spent thousands of man-hours scouring trails and forests, and distributing flyers.

Concerned that Madison might have a car accident, Bell and Mann drove to the Good Shepherd Church parking lot at the tanning salon Corner Market, where they found her car.

“The windows are open, we open the door, her phone is in it, her keys in the ignition, the change is in the container she had. The car was unlocked, “the mother said WHIO. “She would never leave her car unlocked, she would never leave her phone in there.”

Bell said she tried to unlock Madison’s phone but failed and handed it to the police.

Madison Bell has been described as a white woman, weighing 120 pounds and standing at 5 feet 6 inches high, with brown eyes and brown hair. She has gray contact lenses, a cross tattoo on her neck and a ghost tattoo on her side.

She was last seen wearing a T-shirt, brown sandals, black leggings or Star Wars pants and a black North Face jacket.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is requested to call the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 393-1421.

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