Person of interest in woman’s disappearance found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound

NEW PHILADELPHIA -Police and family members are searching for a 27-year-old mother, who has been missing since Sunday.

Christine Slinger was last seen Aug. 20. Officials said they believe the young mother went to meet with the father of her 8-year-old daughter to discuss custody issues.

"We are so worried, we want to find her," said her sister-in-law Angela. "The detective just told us that the father of her child killed himself yesterday. The same day he was suppose to take a polygraph."

"We are asking everyone to please help us look for her, because her daughter and our entire family is very worried," Angela said.

Christine Slinger (Photo courtesy: Stark County Sheriff's Office)

The Stark County Sheriff's Office said they interviewed a person of interest in the case on Monday. The following day, New Philadelphia police found that person dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Slinger was last seen wearing a light blue tank top, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. She is 5 foot 6 and 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

New Philadelphia police and the Stark County Sheriff's Office are investigating. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police.