The Disappearance of Heather Mae Kelley

Heather Mae Kelley was reported missing on December 10, 2022, from Portage, Michigan. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the location of Kelley.

Background

On the evening of December 10, 2022, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Kelley told her children that she was going to pick up an acquaintance in downtown Kalamazoo, MI. She stated she would be home soon. She never arrived and has yet to be seen or heard from since that last contact.

At the time of her disappearance, Heather Kelley, was the mother of eight children. Heather,35, is a Caucasian female, is 5’8″ and 125lbs. She had long brown hair and brown eyes. She has a rose and heart tattoo on her left thigh and a flower tattoo on her right forearm. Investigators did not note what she was wearing at the time she went missing.

Heather Kelley’s Car is Found

On December 11, 2022, Kelley’s vehicle was found abandoned on North Sprinkle Road and East Michigan Avenue in Comstock Township, Michigan. According to Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller III, he stated: “The vehicle was set on fire, and evidence of blood was found inside of the vehicle.” Various pieces of clothing were near the vehicle, determined to belong to Kelley. Investigators also determined the blood found in the car was Kelley’s.

According to WoodTV, a Kalamazoo County deputy had marked the car as abandoned about 16 hours before Kelley was reported missing.

Investigation Continues

Investigators have stated that they have received “limited cooperation” from an incarcerated person, charges with escaping prison. Police rearrested him two days after Kelley was reported missing. Reportedly, the man had been casually dating Kelley. Their theory is that this person helped with burning the vehicle and possibly participated in destroying other physical evidence. The unnamed person of interest has a lengthy criminal history, which includes several charges, including a murder-for-hire plot, conspiracy, a weapons charge, and drug-related charges. He served his recommended sentence and lived at a halfway house under the Bureau of Prisons’ Detroit Residential Reentry Management Office since July 2022. Police have made no arrests in connection to Kelley’s disappearance. They have stated they are investigator her disappearance as a homicide.

Investigators ask anyone with further information to please contact them. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at (269) 383-8748. The Portage Department of Public Safety can be reached at (269) 329-4567.

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