The RCMP Southwest Nova Major Crime Unit is taking the lead on a joint missing person investigation into the location of 20-year-old Melissa Dawn Peacock of Dartmouth.
Based on the investigation by the RCMP/HRP Integrated Vice Unit over the last three months, officers have determined Melissa was last known to be in the Gore area of Nova Scotia which is in RCMP jurisdiction.
The RCMP Southwest Nova Major Crime Unit, along with two investigators from the HRP/RCMP Integrated Vice Unit who have been working on the file since Melissa was reported missing, will continue the investigation into this matter.
On Thursday, February 9th, 2012, officers began a search of a residence located on Douglas Road in Center Rawdon. RCMP remain on the scene there today.
Melissa left her Dartmouth residence on November 7th, 2011 and was last seen in the Lower Sackville/Beaver Bank area later that same night.
Investigators believe she was in a vehicle travelling north on Highway
354 after midnight on November 8th. She was last known to be in the Gore area 30 minutes later. She was reported missing on November 9th.
Melissa is described as a light-skinned black woman, 20-years-old, 105 lbs., with brown curly mid-length hair and hazel eyes.
Melissa has been known to go missing but it is unusual for her not to be in contact with her family and friends for this extended period of time. Based on that information, investigators must be open to the possibility that Melissa may have met with foul play.