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October 2, 2023

Ohio Accounting Firm’s Somber Tribute to Partner Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide: ‘Her Contributions Have Been Immeasurable’

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On Thursday, August 24, 42-year-old Melissa Dunham was found dead in her Stark County, Ohio home along with her husband Jason, 46, and their three children Renee Dunham, 15, Amber Dunham, 12, and Evan Dunham, 9. Uniontown police called it a “domestic dispute that turned deadly” and are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

As the community grapples with the loss, the firm Melissa worked for as a tax partner published a touching memorial on their website Friday.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we write this news.

We are devastated by the shocking and tragic news of the deaths of Melissa Dunham and her family. Melissa was an esteemed member of the BMF leadership team and a close friend to many of our associates. Her contributions during her 18 years with our firm have been immeasurable.

Our thoughts are with Melissa’s family and friends as we grapple with this heart-wrenching loss. During this difficult time, we are committed to supporting our employees by providing counseling and any necessary assistance. Melissa’s legacy will forever be etched into the fabric of our BMF community.

We are heartbroken for Melissa’s loved ones and join them in mourning this terrible loss. We respect the privacy of Melissa’s family and ask that any further inquiries be directed to the appropriate authorities.

Melissa joined BMF in 2005, starting out in audit before transitioning into tax compliance and advisory services.

A “Remembering the Dunham Family” vigil was held last Saturday.

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