Police hunt clues in disappearance

WELLSVILLE – While village police continued their search Tuesday for a missing Maple Avenue man, charges were filed against one person in the course of the investigation, with other charges pending.

Zane Carter, 24, was last reported seen between 6 and 7 p.m. Friday near 14th Street, and despite multiple pleas via social media and searches by police officers and private citizens, he had not been located as of last night.

Carter is described as a 6-foot, 5-inch, black male with black hair and brown eyes, weighing 215 pounds.

Saying the department is “actively following and investigating all leads” into Carter’s disappearance, police said they charged Mindy Hissom, 38, Main Street, with obstruction of justice Tuesday after she provided them with false information during their investigation.

Patrolman Marsha Eisenhart said charges are also pending after officers entered a house to conduct a search in connection to the investigation and found a marijuana plant growing.

Meanwhile, police issued a warning to individuals who have been reported going to people’s homes, entering and threatening those inside in regard to Carter.

Eisenhart said the department has received reports from between six and seven residents who have been threatened to “tell what you know” about Carter.

The department warned, “This will not be tolerated, and any further actions of this nature will result in people being arrested.”

Village police also offered their thanks to those who have stepped up to help in the search for Carter, including Hancock County, W.Va., fire departments which brought out their boats Sunday night to search the Ohio River shoreline, East Liverpool and Liverpool Township police and Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for helping search various areas, including the stretch of state Route 7 between the village and East Liverpool.

She also offered her thanks to East Liverpool police for helping the department locate some people they wanted to speak with.

On Tuesday, a village police officer also used his own personal boat to search the shoreline again, Eisenhart said.

Police reported there is a $1,000 reward being offered for information leading to the whereabouts of Carter. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 330-532-1522.