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ON THIS NATIONAL SIBLINGS DAY, the siblings of Jody Lynn Newberry are looking for some answers.
It’s been nearly a year since Jody Newberry’s family has heard from her. Have YOU seen her? Do you know what has happened that kept her from coming home last May? These are the questions the family asks regularly on the Jody Newberry Where Are You? Facebook page.
The Ashland County (Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation and is still looking for help from the public to provide information regarding the Ontonagon County woman.
Around 4:30 p.m. on May 29, 2018, the Ashland County Communications Center received a call from a woman saying her 54-year-old sister, Jody Lynn Newberry, had traveled from her home in Bergland, Michigan to Mellen, Wisconsin on the evening of May 24 to attend the “Mellen Jam” music festival. Jody’s sister was concerned because the festival had ended and Jody had not returned home, nor had she contacted the family.
“Mellen Jam” is a yearly event held on Memorial Day weekend on forested private property on Gilgen Road, just north of Mellen. The property is located next to a large area of densely forested and extremely rugged terrain.
An initial search of the property and adjacent area was performed by deputies of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office followed by an expanded search by the Sawyer County Search and Rescue K-9 unit throughout the evening and night, with nothing found.
Jody is described as a white female, 5’3″ in height, about 115 pounds with long brown hair, several missing teeth, a skin tag on her nose, and usually wearing wire rimmed glasses.Early investigation indicated that Jody had traveled to the festival with a male companion, and the two became separated. The last alleged contact with Jody was around noon May 26.
Police say that at this time, there is no indication of Jody’s whereabouts. The investigation is ongoing and additional expanded searches are planned in effort to find her.
Anyone having contact with Jody since last May, especially at the “Mellen Jam” party and afterwards, is urged to contact the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (715) 682-7023.