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‘We want to bring her home’: Family search for missing Monticello woman

Melissa Trumpy was last seen on Tuesday night heading to Shannon, Illinois.
Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 6:52 PM CDT
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GREEN COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) - For hours on Friday afternoon, family and friends of Melissa Trumpy searched in the area between Freeport, Illinois and Shannon, Illinois.

“We’re searching in ditches, cornfields, woods, under bridges, in creeks,” said Ben Affrunti, a former boyfriend of Trumpy. “She deserved better than that. She really did.”

Affrunti, who shares children with Trumpy, says the past few days have been overwhelmingly difficult.

“I think that’s probably the hardest part: not knowing,” said Affrunti.

The family says the last time anyone spoke to her was on Tuesday evening. They received a phone call when Melissa did not show up for work on Wednesday morning.

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The Carroll County Sherriff’s Office launched an investigation into her disappearance on Thursday.

“We started to trying to call and nobody could get a hold of her,” said Mandy Mboge, Trumpy’s sister.

Mboge describes her sister as fun, caring, and a wonderful mother to three.

“She’s happy, outgoing, and loving. She would do anything for anybody,” said Mboge. “We want her back. We want to bring her home one way or another.”

Trumpy is 37-years-old and described as standing 5′10″, weighing about 163 pounds and having blue eyes and blonde hair.

According to the Green County Sheriff, Trumpy was last seen on Tuesday night in Monroe. Authorities believe she traveled to Shannon, Illinois that same evening.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office believes she was in a tan Toyota Tundra extended cab truck or a white Toyota Avalon four-door sedan.

A candlelight vigil for Trumpy is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 717 S Kennedy St, Shannon, IL 61078.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts or the vehicles’ is urged to call the Carroll County Crime Stoppers at 815-244-STOP(7867). People can also call the Green County Sheriff’s Office.

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