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GARY — Police are searching for two women who went missing at the same time and were allegedly last known to be in Gary. 

Jessica Flores, 36, of South Chicago Heights, and Melina Cottrell, 26, of Gary, were last seen on Monday, Gary Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.  

"We are assisting in actively looking for both women," Hamady said. 

Flores was allegedly in Gary with Cottrell when she was last heard from, Flores's sister Mady Perez said. 

"My family and I want everyone to know we haven’t had any contact with Melina and are fearing for her safety as well," Mike Cottrell, Melina Cottrell's uncle, said. "We pray that both Melina and Jessica are found alive and safe."

The vehicle of Flores's boyfriend, which she was using around the time of her disappearance, was found abandoned in South Chicago Heights with fire damage and some of her belongings inside, Hamady said.   

"I want to believe she's alive," Perez said of her sister.

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Flores has brown hair and brown eyes and is 5'7" tall and weighs 150 lbs, Perez said. 

Cottrell has light brown hair and brown eyes and is 5'8" tall and weighs 140 lbs.  

"Investigators have exhausted all leads and are reaching out to the community for help," Hamady said.

Anyone with information on Flores should contact Detective Kris Adams at 219-755-3855. 

Anyone with information on Cottrell should contact Sgt. Mark Salazar at 219-881-1209 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.