Missing Harrisburg woman is fugitive, police say
by FRANK COZZOLI, Of The Patriot-News Tuesday December 16, 2008, 12:21 PM
A Harrisburg woman who disappeared in September has vanished again after authorities discovered her working under an assumed name at a motel in Martinsburg, W.Va., Mayor Stephen R. Reed revealed today.
Michelle McMullen, 27, of the 2900 block of Green Street, had been reported missing by her parents who last saw her on Sept. 28 after she left her son at a babysitter and was headed back to school at Grambling University in Louisiana.
Reed said McMullen was identified positively on Monday by police in Martinsburg after investigators got a tip she was working in a hotel there. McMullen, however, had fled the motel before police arrived and has not been seen since, Reed said.
Harrisburg police have closed their missing persons investigation, Reed said.
However, McMullen is still sought by Susquehanna Township police. "We want her, she's a fugitive, and obviously she's on the run,'' Susquehanna Township Chief Rob Martin said today.
McMullen was told in mid-September that she was being investigated in the theft of money from Progress-Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Martin said.
According to an arrest warrant, McMullen is suspected of stealing at least $2,300 from the church, where she worked as an administrator before being fired July 28.
Martin urged McMullen to surrender to police, wherever she is. "It's our understanding that certainly she is on the run and she's hiding and we believe she knows about these criminal charges,'' Martin said.
Over the past two months, Reed said Harrisburg police continued to follow leads in the case.
A black 2002 Honda Accord belonging to McMullen was found Oct. 7 in Hagerstown, Md., minus its keys, authorities said. McMullen's cell phone was inside the car.
The car sat for roughly a week near the entrance to the Mack Truck plant before security at the plant notified the sheriff's office, authorities said.
"Our detectives should be lauded for their efforts in locating Michelle McMullen,'' Reed said. "These officers exhausted every means available to gather information and didn't relent until she was found.''