Meshay Melendez and her daughter Layla Stewart were last seen March 12. Investigators say a person who lived in the area spotted two bodies in Washougal Wednesday morning.
Sgt. Julie Ballou, the official working this missing persons case, told KOIN 6 that there’s still a lot of urgency in getting information even after these bodies were found – calling this an all-hands-on-deck situation for her team.
“We don’t want to leave the family lingering. They want answers, as do we,” Ballou said. “Trying to find the information for the family, but also, the longer things go, the worse people’s memories get, video evidence records over itself. We don’t want to wait.”
Ballou says Kirkland Warren is still a “person of interest” in the pair’s disappearance.
Court documents obtained by KOIN 6 show that Warren was in a relationship with Melendez. They also reveal she had reported physical abuse and threats from Warren in the past.
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