Daniel C. Martin is the suspect in the murder of Melinda Shinn. (Photo courtesy of the Mercer County Sheriff’s office)
Daniel C. Martin is the suspect in the murder of Melinda Shinn. (Photo courtesy of the Mercer County Sheriff’s office)

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ROCKFORD - A Rockford woman is dead, and authorities are searching for a 40-year-old man they believe is responsible.

Just before 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Rockford Police were dispatched to the north side of the village at 509 North St. When Rockford Police Chief Paul may arrived on the scene to investigate the shooting, he went inside the residence and found the body of 26-year-old Melinda S. Shinn.

A warrant was issued for 40-year-old Daniel C. Martin on a murder charge, but as of Thursday night Martin had not been located. According to the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Martin may be driving a 1998 red Ford Explorer with Ohio license plates EHU 5541. The Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with any information about martin's whereabouts to contact them at (419) 586-7724.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office is now handling the investigation with assistance from Rockford Police. Sheriff Jeff Grey is holding a Friday morning press conference to give additional information about the case and the suspect.