KEY POINTS

  • Melissa Bell went missing Sunday after she told her mother she was going tanning at the Country Corner Market in Greenfield.
  • Authorities released a photo of her car found in a church parking lot across the street.
  • Bell is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

As the search for the missing Ohio teen continued, police released a photo of a car believed to be involved in the disappearance of the 18-year-old. On Wednesday night, hundreds gathered for a prayer vigil in the parking lot of the Greenfield Church of Christ.

Melissa Bell went missing Sunday after she told her mother she was going tanning at the Country Corner Market in Greenfield. Her car was found in a church parking lot across the street, her phone inside and keys in the ignition. The car is a white sedan that was seen in the same church parking lot that day.

Bell's mother appealed for her safe return as the search entered its fourth day.

"Don't miss the opportunity to say something," Bell's mother said in her appeal. “Fight. Think smart, but fight,” she continued, directing her comments to her daughter. “Please get away. Come home.”

“Whoever has her, take her and drop her off somewhere safe. Let her come home to her community, her family and her friends,” she said to News Center 7′s Sean Cudahy.

The FBI, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Highland County Sheriff’s Office are jointly conducting the investigation of Madison’s disappearance. They are searching for the white car bearing California tags.

police car This is a representational image of a police car. Photo: AFP / SAEED KHAN

Melissa Bell said there's no way her daughter disappeared willingly.

“A mother knows her child... She would never, ever, ever pull over for anyone she didn’t know. Did she think it was someone from school? Did she think this was one of her classmates who needed help? She would never stop for a stranger. Never,” Melissa Bell said.

Madison Bell is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She wears gray contact lenses, has a tattoo of a cross on her neck, and a tattoo of a ghost on her side. If anyone has information on her whereabouts or knows something about her disappearance, authorities have asked to contact the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, 937-393-1421.