The search for Meshay Melendez, 27, and her 7-year-old daughter Layla Stewart is over after they were discovered dead on March 22, 2023, in rural Washington.
The investigation related to the case of both Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart:
The investigation into the disappearance of Meshay Melendez and her daughter began on March 18, 2023, when they were reported missing by family members. Melendez’s car was found abandoned in the parking lot of a local shopping center, which raised suspicion that they may have been abducted.
Search teams discovered the bodies of Melendez and Stewart in a remote wooded area in rural Washington. According to the medical examiner, both victims died of blunt trauma to the head.
Police arrested Kirkland Warren, who has a criminal record and was previously convicted of domestic violence, as the prime suspect in the case.
He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
What happened to Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart?
Both are found to be dead. The tragic news of the deaths of Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart has left their families in shock and heartbreak.
The family has expressed gratitude to law enforcement and search teams for their tireless efforts in finding their loved ones.
Meshay Melendez is survived by her mother, brother, and two sisters, who have described her as a loving mother and a kind-hearted person who would do anything for her daughter.
Layla Stewart’s father has expressed his devastation at the loss of his daughter, remembering her as a sweet and loving child who brought joy to everyone around her.
Where did Meshay and Layla Stewart go missing?
Meshay Melendez and her daughter Layla Stewart went missing from their Vancouver, Washington home on March 18, 2023.
Their car was found abandoned in a parking lot at a local shopping center. Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart’s bodies were found in a remote wooded area in rural Washington on March 22, 2023.
The tragic deaths of Meshay and Layla Stewart serve as a painful reminder of the need to prioritize safety and protect our loved ones from harm.
While the community mourns their loss, we must also come together to support the family and take action to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart during this difficult time. May they rest in peace.
Tributes to Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart:
The news of the murders has left the community in shock and grief. A candlelight vigil was held in honor of Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart, with hundreds of people in attendance to pay their respects and show support for the family.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a statement expressing his condolences and solidarity with the family, saying, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Meshay and Layla Stewart during this difficult time.
We stand with the community in mourning their loss and are committed to bringing those responsible to justice.”