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Man says personal tragedy is what made him get involved
Police have canceled a statewide Amber Alert after a missing mother and her 2-year-old son were found safe at a hotel in Monroe.
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Amber Alert issued for Melissa Myers, her son Nolan Myers on May 8, 2014
MONROE, Ohio -- Police found a missing mom and her 2-year-old son after an Amber Alert was declared late Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of WHIO-TV)
Amber Alert issued for 35-year-old Melissa Myers
CENTERVILLE, Ohio -- Police canceled a statewide Amber Alert Thursday, after a man's 911 call led officers to a missing mother and her 2-year-old son in Monroe.
Centerville police issued the alert Wednesday night, saying Melissa C. Myers, 35, threatened to kill herself and her son, Nolan Myers.
She called police in Dayton and Centerville and threatened to jump off a bridge and drown herself and Nolan, officers said.
Myers' 2013 lime green Ford Fiesta was found in the parking lot of the Best Western hotel off Ohio 63 in Monroe early Thursday, according to Journal-News .
The car caught Steve Mattfield's eye while he was on his way to work, soon after he learned of the Amber Alert on the local news.
"I passed by the Best Western in Monroe and peeked up in the parking lot and saw a green small car," he said. "Something told me I better double check."
Mattfield then called 911.
He lives near Lebanon, and had the intention of looking for the car Thursday morning. He told WCPO reporter Jay Warren that finding the car would be his chance to save a life despite his own recent loss.
"Me and the love of my life planned on having a kid," Mattfield said. "She ended up pregnant and just last week she miscarried. You know, it was a difficult thing in our lives and to make this story great ... is the blessing, you know I lost one but I possibly saved one."
His phone call led police to find Nolan, and safely take him back up to Centerville to be with his grandparents.
"As I left the house, something made me do what happened today," Mattfield said. "Something forced me to more or less, push me to looking."
The hotel’s manager explained to WCPO how Myers was able to remain hidden at the hotel.
"When she checked in she gave us a different name but we always take the ID and credit card copy so we figured it out from the credit card ID copy and we told police that's the right person,” hotel manager Jigisha Shah said.