Downtown observance to remember three missing | Local News

Jessi Short and Christopher Story have been missing for eight years and Melissa Henson’s fate has been unknown since January 2021.

A special vigil called “The Missing” will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Riverwalk Park to keep their cases in the public eye.

The event, sponsored by the Walkers Volunteer Search Party, will include a prayer vigil, music, face painting for children, food and other vendors and a basket auction.

All proceeds will be used to pay for posters or billboards asking for advice from anyone who knows where they are.

Jessi Michelle Brumley Short disappeared in January 2013, when she was 25. She would be 34 now. She has blue eyes, brown hair, is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed around 130 pounds at the time. She wore a white, long-sleeved terrycloth shirt, dark hoodie, blue jeans and gray work boots as she left her mother’s home in Shenango Township.

His case is being investigated by the state police. Anyone with information about his whereabouts or what happened to him is asked to contact the State Police at (724) 598-2211 or the search team at (724) 333-1112.

“We’re still working on leads in his case and it’s a very active investigation,” the state police corporal said. Randy Guy said on Tuesday.

Christopher Story 48, disappeared August 11, 2013 from Mahoningtown. He left behind his wallet, cell phone charger and the medication he needed. He wore a white T-shirt and khaki shorts, a dark cap and black shoes. He is 6-foot-1, weighed about 160 pounds at the time, and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Melissa Henson disappeared on January 22, 2021. She was not reported missing until mid-April of that year. Her family lives out of town and friends last saw her in New Castle on January 17 wearing a white Adidas sweatshirt. She lived in a residence on Neshannock Boulevard where she left behind her cell phone, ID and bank cards. She has a tattoo of a shooting star on her right foot and the name Aubry on her right outer arm, according to reports from leaked posters.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact New Castle Police Detective John George at (724) 656-3589.

New Castle Police are also handling the investigation of Story’s case. All tips can be left on the police site at or by calling the station at (724) 656-3570.

New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said both cases were open and active and police were working continuously to follow up on any leads they received.

The Walkers Volunteer Search Party was organized in 2018 by Marcia and Chris Black to help police find missing persons. Whenever they learn of a missing person, the Blacks and their team contact the police to let them know they are looking for them.

Marcia Black said this week that the group is actively researching Story.

She said local businessman Daryl Audia had previously donated a notice board to help find the three missing New Castle residents or provide information about what had happened to them. Funds raised from Saturday’s celebration will be 100% used to fund more billboards featuring the photos of the three individuals, to keep them in the public eye and memory, she said.

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James T. Quintero