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Two women who go missing were last seen together; may be in Indiana

Jessica Flores, 36, of South Chicago Heights in Illinois was last seen February 24, 2019. She was believed to have last been in Gary, Indiana. Melina Cottrell, 26, went missing from Gary, Indiana and was last seen February 24, 2019, the Gary Police Dept. stated. Both are friends and both are missing.

A Facebook Live video that was posted to social media showed they were together “during the day and night before going missing,” Flores phone last pinged in Gary.

The car that Jessica was driving that belonged to her boyfriend was found abandoned and partially burned in 82nd and Ridgeland in Chicago. Some of her personal belongings were found inside.

Cottrell has light brown hair and brown eyes, is 5 foot 8 and weighs 140 pounds.  

If you see Melina or Jessica, please call the South Chicago Heights and Lake County Sheriff’s Department at 866-274-6347 or the department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 219-881-1210.



Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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