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Police Believe Missing Hermiston Woman Kidnapped

The investigation continues into the disappearance of 26-year-old Melody Kaye Mickel, the Hermiston woman last seen around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26.

Mickel disappeared from her work at the Hermiston Rite Aid and was last seen with her estranged boyfriend, Albert Quiroz Martinez.

In a Monday press release, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said they believe Martinez, a registered sex offender with a history of kidnapping, had taken Mickel against her will. It is believed Mickel is in danger and is being held against her will. The Major Crimes team is still investigating the incident and following leads, and a nationwide search is ongoing for the two individuals and the vehicle listed.

A temporary warrant has been entered nationwide for Martinez for kidnapping.

Mickel is described as white, with brown hair and brown eyes. She weighs about 124 pounds and stands 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Martinez is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

Mickel was seen entering a black 2006 Subaru Legacy with Oregon license plate 003CWZ before she vanished.

Anyone with information about the location of these two individuals is urged to contact local law enforcement or the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office at 541-966-3651.


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