Search warrants reveal new details on missing person investigation

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As the search continues for Edme Merle-Perez, who went missing last month, police have searched a home and three cell phones in connection to the investigation. 

According to the search warrants obtained from Roanoke Circuit Court, police recently searched a home on Radford Road NE. The search warrants say a man living there, Dayshaun Kent, told police Merle-Perez was living with him but left around March 10, taking her clothing and other personal belongings with her.

But on April 1, Kent was caught on surveillance video using her debit card at the Nishi Food Mart on Plantation Road NE, according to the search warrants. When police searched the home, some of the items they seized include her credit card, driver’s license and medical papers.

A second search warrant, which was filed on Friday, also reveals police are searching three cell phones. According to that search warrant, Kent admitted to making some of the purchases seen on Merle-Perez’s bank statement but not all of them.

Edme Merle-Perez is among many missing person cases police are trying to solve. Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared April 29 Missing Persons Day in Virginia.

Local law enforcement in the Roanoke Valley are trying to give new hope to families, so they are hosting an event with Help Save the Next Girl Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roanoke Police Academy. 

Officers said they want families to know they do not give up without finding answers.

“It’s putting out there that this is a team effort,” said Trista Wallace of the Roanoke Police Department. “It’s keeping the awareness there. It’s keeping them to the forefront and letting families know that those people are not forgotten. And we are working as hard as we can to bring them home.” 

Edme Merle-Perez was last seen March 3, according to authorities. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roanoke Police Department.

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