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MYSTERY continues to surround the disappearance of Michaela Nelson, a specialist with the Ohio Army National Guard who vanished without a trace a month ago shortly after the death of her mother.

The 26-year-old, from Xenia, Ohio, was first reported missing by the National Guard on October 26.

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Michaele Nelson was reported missing on October 26Credit: Michaela Nelson/Instagram
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Family members believe she is still alive and possibly in hidingCredit: Michaela Nelson/Instagram

Nelson had recently finished her Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at South Carolina's Fort Jackson on October 2 but failed to return to her unit in Dayton, Ohio, military officials said.

She last spoke to her family on the same day the National Guard reported her missing, exchanging text messages with her grandmother.

It's unclear when she last spoke to her family over the phone.

Her father, Lance Nelson, filed a missing person report with the Columbus Police Department and has since also hired a private investigator, James Terry, to track her down.

Lance Nelson believes his daughter is still alive and maybe in hiding, though he's unsure where.

SECRET PHONE?

The worried father also told local media that he believes his daughter is using a phone, though not one attached to the number she used prior to her disappearance.

Terry told Fox this week that Nelson is "using a phone, some sort of phone. She just doesn't have her number on."

According to the private investigator, Nelson's known phone number goes straight through to voicemail, however, her Facetime still rings.

“We just have to believe she’s okay. She’s just taking time away from us or have some sort of new life,” Lance Nelson said, adding she could be anywhere in the country right now but was likely driving her dark gray 2016 Dodge Charger SXT.

Lance also added that his daughter was dealing with "a lot of grief" around the time of her disappearance.

MOM'S DEATH

Both Lance and Terry have theorized that Nelson may have decided to go AWOL from active duty following the death of her mother, Jacquelyn.

Jacquelyn Jean Miller Nelson passed away aged 59 from breast cancer on September 16. She was survived by her husband and their five children, of whom Michaela is the eldest. 

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