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UPDATE: Search Expands for Missing Woman

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
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UPDATE 4/28/13 @ 7:50 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – A search party was out Sunday, combing through Wayne National Forest on foot and with ATVs, looking for a young woman who was last seen in early April.

Megan Lancaster, 25, of Wheelersburg, was last seen April 3. Police have said they believe she’s in extreme danger. Family and friends aren’t yet giving up hope and continue to search every day.

"Every day since she's been gone, and we won't quit,” Kadie Lancaster, Megan’s sister-in-law, said.

The days have turned into weeks, and the one-month mark is rapidly approaching. The family has been hoping for information that could lead them to her, but even a reward of $5,000 hasn’t brought them any real leads – just false hope.

“Everybody talks and we'll get a call that they found somebody here or there, which are never true,” Kadie said. “We get hundreds of calls, all the time, and none of them ever turn up to be anything. But that one call may be true so we always check everything.”

Sunday’s search efforts began in Wheelersburg, as about fifteen people met in a parking lot and then drove to Wayne National Forest in Lawrence County. They said they had received tips to search there.

"I'd like to find something, you know, but I'm not sure what I want to find,” Jeremy Lancaster, Megan’s brother, said.

Kadie said she felt like Megan was somewhere close by in the forest, describing it as “an eerie feeling.”

Jimmy Williams is a family friend who said he has known Megan since she was an infant. He said they all want to find her alive, well and safe.

“Each day that passes is just another day of wondering and thinking of the worst,” Williams said.

The family is holding a benefit dinner on Monday, April 29 at the New Boston Community Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The money raised will go to Megan’s family so they can keep searching for her.



UPDATE 4/9/13 @ 10 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It's been nearly a week since a mother was last seen, and both her family and investigators are searching for answers.

The parents of 25-year-old Megan Lancaster are finding it hard to function not knowing what happened to their daughter.

"I can't sleep, I can't eat, I just lay there all night," Lancaster’s mother Marcella Lancaster said.

"It's not knowing that hurts,” her father Charles Lancaster said, “where she is or what she's doing."

The family says Lancaster is from New Boston and has been living in Wheelersburg.

Marcella says she last talked with her daughter Wednesday. She says no one has seen or heard from her since.

"We're very close,” Marcella said. “I love her. I just want her home. I want her brought home safely."

Friends and family have been putting flyers up around Portsmouth and New Boston.

Marcella says her daughter’s car was found Friday, abandoned at a fast food restaurant in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Police Department is investigating, and they say they believe Lancaster is in extreme danger.

Lancaster has a 7-year-old son who stays with her parents.

The parents say she did have drug problem, a problem that's had a stranglehold in Scioto County. They’re afraid that may be connected to her disappearance.

"She just got mixed up with the wrong people," Charles said. "I loved her, even though I didn't like what she’d done. She's still my daughter.”

Their prayer now is that she's still alive and somehow returns safely.

"I just want her found,” Marcella said. “Someone knows where she's at."

The family says Lancaster’s wallet was found in the passenger seat of her car.

When they've tried to call her, Lancaster’s phone goes to voicemail.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Wheelersburg woman missing since last Wednesday is believed to be in extreme danger, Portsmouth Police say.

Megan Lancaster, 25, was last seen in Wheelersburg. Her vehicle was found abandoned at a business in Portsmouth.

Lancaster has a son, and her mother says she’s frantic something happened to Megan.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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