Law enforcement agents from both sides of the river and the U.S. Postal Service have joined in on a search to find an East St. Louis woman who has been missing since April 23.
Melanie Renee Tally, 49, of East St. Louis was last seen leaving her job as a mail handler at the St. Louis Post Office at 17th and Market streets. Employees told Tally’s daughter that her mother left work early that day. She hasn’t been seen since.
Tally’s white 2008 Dodge Avenger with Illinois license plate number A564244 is also missing.
Tiffany Smith, who lives in Madison, said her mother has worked at least 14 years at the postal service and always goes to work.
“I talked to her earlier that day and she said she wasn’t feeling well,” Smith said. That was the last time she heard from her mother. Smith said she is close to her mother and that they talk every day.
She said her mother has never disappeared before and wasn’t dating. Her bank accounts have not been touched, she said.
Smith filled out a missing person report with East St. Louis Police Department, the St. Louis Police Department who are also working with the U.S. Postal Service because that was the last place she was seen.
Her family has put out flyers in the surrounding areas of St. Clair County, Madison County and St. Louis with the hopes of finding her.
“We love her and really just miss her and would like her to come back home safety,” she said. “She’s not the kind of person that doesn’t go to work.”
Smith said it is hard to search for her when they don’t know where to search.
“If we had the car we could have something to go by,” she said.
Anyone who may have information regarding the disappearance or the whereabouts of Tally is asked to call 911, St. Louis Police at 314-444-5622 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.