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UPDATE (September 17, 2019 3:02 p.m.):

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed to police that the female body found on Hollins Street in Baltimore City on Saturday morning is that of Charla Melvin, positively identified through dental records.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is continuing their investigation into Charla Melvin’s death.

UPDATE (September 16, 2019 1:55 p.m.):

Body Found in Baltimore City Believed to be Missing Woman, Charla Melvin

Charla Melvin's black Hyundai Santa Fe was located in Baltimore City this morning on Manhattan Avenue at Jonquil Avenue. Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene and have taken possession of the vehicle for forensic examination.

UPDATE (September 15, 2019 4:25 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit has assumed the investigation into a deceased female found in Baltimore City, believed to be that of missing woman Charla Melvin.

Homicide detectives were called to the 2300-block of Hollins Street, 21223, by Baltimore Police just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 14. Investigators are confident that the body is that of Charla Melvin, 50, of the 3700-block of Twin Lakes Court, 21244, however positive identification is pending the final determination of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Initial findings are that Ms. Melvin’s death occurred from sharp force trauma.

Charla Melvin was reported missing by her family on Monday, September 9.  Police suspected that Ms. Melvin was the victim of foul play after her cousin, Thomas Davis Jr, was found deceased the following day, September 10, in Baltimore City. Baltimore Police determined that Davis committed suicide.

Detectives continue to search for Ms. Melvin’s vehicle, a black 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe with Maryland registration '3CR7429'. If anyone has information about this case or the whereabouts of Charla Melvin’s vehicle, please call the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Original Release: (September 12, 2019 12:00 p.m.)

Have You Seen Charla Melvin?

Charla Melvin

Baltimore County Police are searching for a critical missing woman and are asking for the public's assistance in locating either her or her vehicle.

Charla Melvin, 50, of the 3700-block of Twin Lakes Court, 21244, was last seen on the evening of September 7, 2019. Charla is described as a black female, 5’02”, 120 pounds, with shoulder length red hair and brown eyes. Charla has a black rose tattoo on the right side of her mid-body (rib cage area).

Charla Melvin drives a black 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe with Maryland registration plates '3CR7429'.

Police believe foul play may be involved in Charla Melvin's disappearance. Anyone with information about Charla Melvin should dial 9-1-1 or call the Baltimore County Police Homicide/Missing Persons Unit at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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UPDATE (March 7, 2017 1:41 p.m.):

Damian Kelly has been located.

Original Release (March 6, 2017 12:41 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Homicide/Missing Persons Unit is asking for help from the community in locating a man who has been missing since Friday, March 2.

Damian Kelly (42) is believed to have been at the Paradise Tavern, 6412 Frederick Road in Catonsville, on Friday and into the early morning hours on Saturday, March 3. He works at the Westside Men's Shelter on Redwood Circle, 21228, and was reported missing when he did not show up for work.

Damian Kelly is a light skinned black man, approximately 6'1", 198 pounds, with freckles and a beard that is dyed red.

Anyone who believes they have information on the whereabouts of Damian Kelly is asked to contact Det. Klimko directly at 410-887-3943.

UPDATE (April 4, 2018 1:36 p.m.):

Lorenzo Stafford has been located and returned home safe.

Original Release (March 5, 2018 10:23 p.m.):

​Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's help in finding a critical missing adult.

Lorenzo Stafford (68) was last seen in the 7000 block of Paris Road, 21207, in the Woodlawn Precinct at around 1 p.m. when he left the house on foot after an argument. Lorenzo is approximately 5’11”, 270 pounds, with short black and gray hair and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, tan khaki pants, and tan Timberland Boots. Lorenzo does take medications and could become confused or disoriented.

​Anyone with information on Lorenzo Stafford's whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately by calling 410-307-2020 or simply dialing 9-1-1. Officers of the Woodlawn Precinct are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Lorenzo Stafford.

Revised June 27, 2017