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MA MELANIE MELANSON: Missing from Woburn, MA - 27 October 1989 - Age 14

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    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/6393/77/

    NamUs MP # 6393
    Melanie Melanson
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    Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    14 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 6393

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Melanie
    Middle name Jo
    Last name Melanson
    Nickname/Alias
    NCMEC number 732768
    Date last seen October 27, 1989 00:00
    Date entered 04/15/2010
    Age last seen 14 to 14 years old
    Age now 42 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 63.0
    Weight (pounds) 105.0

    Circumstances
    City Woburn
    State Massachusetts
    Zip code 01801
    County Middlesex
    Circumstances
    Melanie's photo is shown age-progressed to 29 years. Melanie was last seen on the evening of October 27, 1989 at a party. She never returned home and has not been seen or heard from since. When Melanie was last seen, she had braces on her teeth.

    Physical
    Hair color Blond/Strawberry

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue

    Scars and marks
    Dimples

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Detective
    First name James
    Last name Flynn
    Phone 781-933-1212
    Website
    Case number MP95-051
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Woburn Police Department
    Address 1 25 Harrison Avenue
    Address 2
    City Woburn
    State Massachusetts
    Zip code 01801-4122
     
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    Melanie's photo is shown age-progressed to 29 years. (08/22/2004)
     
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    Melanie's photo is shown age-progressed to 36 years. (01/26/2011)
     
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    Melanie's photo is shown age-progressed to 42 years (07/03/2017)
     
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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1405dfma.html

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1405DFMA


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    Bottom Right: Age-progressed to 29 years (circa 2003)

    Melanie Jo Melanson
    Missing since October 27, 1989 from Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
    Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing

    Vital Statistics
      • Date Of Birth: November 1, 1974
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3" (160 cm); 105 lbs (48 kg)
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blue or grey eyes; light to medium brown hair. Thin to average build. Tanned complexion. Dimples
      • Dentals: She had braces on her teeth.
      • DNA: Available.
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Melanson was last seen on the evening of October 27, 1989 at a party in some woods off of Montvale Avenue, near the Stoneham/Woburn line. She never returned home and has not been seen or heard from since.
    Authorities believe she met with foul play and is located somewhere locally.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Woburn Police Department
    Detective Carroll
    781-933-1212


    Local Case Number: MP95-051

    NCMEC #: NCMC732768

    Source Information:
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    NamUs MP #6393
     
  7. Akoya

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_Melanson

    Melanie Melanson
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    Born Melanie Jo Melanson
    November 1, 1974
    Woburn, Massachusetts
    Disappeared October 27, 1989 (aged 14)
    Some woods off of Montvale Avenue, near the Stoneham/Woburn line
    Status Missing for 28 years, 1 month and 24 days
    Nationality American
    Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
    Weight 105 lb (48 kg)
    Parents
    • John Melanson (father)
    • Irene Melanson (mother)

    Melanie Melanson

    Melanie Jo Melanson (born November 1, 1974)[1] is a missing woman from Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She vanished while at a party on October 27, 1989; at first, investigators believed she fled to Florida. However, subsequent investigations by both authorities and a private investigator have turned up no leads.

    Melanson was a freshman in high school, and looking forward to a change of schools.[2] She had run away from home before, because of her parents' constant fighting and substance-abuse issues. At the time of her disappearance, she was living with her grandmother yet maintained contact with her parents. She was asked to attend a party on the evening of October 27, 1989.[3]

    On the day of her disappearance, Melanson and a friend left school early and decided to go home. That night, she told her grandmother she was going to have a sleepover at a friend's house (the friend was also her next-door neighbor). Melanson used the story to cover her attendance at the party.[4] The party was held in a patch of woods near an industrial park; Melanson was the youngest guest there. She went with a group of five male friends. The party did not end until early the next morning; no one who knew Melanson saw or heard her returning from the party.

    During the afternoon of October 28, after Melanie's family discovered she'd been at the party, they frantically called almost every attendee they could reach. They learned nothing of Melanson's whereabouts. Finally, they reported her missing.

    The police determined that she was last seen with two boys she'd known. They gave different stories of what might have happened to her. Police said each boy claimed the other was the last one who had been with Melanson. One of the boys also said he'd seen her at the very head of a trail in the early-morning hours of October 28.

    Investigation
    The Woburn Police Department originally thought that Melanson had run off to Florida, as she'd run away before. They organized a massive search to find the teenager, using everything from cadaver dogs to helicopters. There were substantial digs as well. None of the searches were successful, and no clues to Melanson's disappearance were found. There have been no arrests in the case.[5] In August 1992, an anonymous caller suggested police should search a pond near the party site; although police followed up, nothing was found.[6]

    Aftermath
    The Melanson family has been working with a private investigator to find Melanie.[7] In the spring of 2009, authorities announced a renewed push on the case and offered a $5,000 reward for information to solve it. In 2012, a doctor hired in the case has used a new science method called Decomposition Order Analysis (DOA) to help find Melanie.[8]

    Police now believe Melanson was a victim of foul play, and her remains are somewhere near the place where she disappeared. Her grandmother and parents are now deceased.
     
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    Daily Mail
    Middlesex Fells Reservation in Stoneham, Massachusetts where investigators were advised to search by an anonymous tip.

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    dailymail.co.uk
    Melanie Melanson vanished in October 1989 after going to a party in the woods with friends in Woburn, Massachusetts. The missing girl's family were at the scene while an excavation took place.

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    boston.cbslocal.com
    A new search is on for the remains of a teenage girl who's been missing for more than 20 years.

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    WCVB-TV

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    Daily Mail
    Seeking closure: While Melanie's parents and grandparents died, her other relatives are still hoping

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    The Boston Globe
    Canine search specialists Erica Vieira and Jennifer Anderson, along with search dog Asa

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    Investigators Believe Missing Girl's Remains in Woburn, Mass. Woods - NECN

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    Melanie Melanson was last seen on the evening of October 27, 1989 at a party in some woods off of Montvale Avenue, near the Stoneham/Woburn line.

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    Montvale Ave, Stoneham, MA
     
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    http://abcnews.go.com/2020/vanished-melanie-melanson-20-years/story?id=8927393

    Melanie Melanson would be turning 35 this Nov. 1.


    Oct. 28, 2009


    It is Halloween season in New England, and the quiet streets of Woburn, Mass., are decorated with the ghosts and goblins that are the stuff of children's nightmares.

    But this year also marks the 20th anniversary of a macabre local mystery that is terrifyingly real: the sudden disappearance of Melanie Melanson. Melanie was last seen at a high school party in the woods on the outskirts of town.

    Det. Mike Pandolph has been on the case since the very beginning. "Melanie walked down the path to meet her girlfriends and other kids that were several years older than her, and that was the last time that she was seen," he told ABC News. "That was 20 years ago."

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    Melanie Melanson, 14 at the time, was the youngest of a dozen kids gathered in the woods that October night, most of them older teens who had been there many times before.
    "Kids would gather, kids would hang out, and um, and drink," said Pandolph.

    Melanie, just a freshman, was very flattered to have been included in the gathering. It was just days before her 15th birthday, and the young, pretty girl had much to look forward to, said prosecutor Marian Ryan.

    "Her birthday was coming. She was getting her braces off. All kinds of things that were very exciting," said Ryan.

    But the police and her family believe Melanie never saw her 15th birthday, and never came out of the woods that night. One of Melanie's aunts, Ruth Townsend, is still waiting for answers.
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    "It's too many years, too many years," said Townsend. "It's heartbreaking ... to feel that she is out there. We know she is out there ... 20 years is just too long -- way too long."
    Life hadn't always been easy for Melanie. Her parents were both substance abusers who fought constantly. Melanie had even run away from home once before, going to live with her aunt Mary Ann and her grandmother in Woburn.

    "Melanie had a challenging upbringing, but it wasn't without people who loved her," said Woburn District Attorney Gerry Leone. "She had cousins, aunts, and it was a very nice upbringing, despite her own biological parents having problems."

    Renewed Push to Find Melanie
    This spring, authorities announced a renewed push on the case and offered a $5,000 reward for information to solve it.

    On the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 27, 1989, Melanie and her friend Carmen Gonzalez left high school after class and walked home for the last time. That night, Melanie told her grandmother she was going to sleep over with a friend who lived next door. What Melanie didn't say was that she'd been invited to join a late-night gathering in the woods next to an industrial park.

    Other kids at the party would later tell police that the party slowly dwindled down in the early hours of Saturday morning, and everyone drifted home.

    But when dawn broke, Melanie was nowhere to be found. Her grandmother became very worried. By mid afternoon, Melanie's family had learned about the party, and made a series of frantic phone calls to almost everyone who had been there. The family called the Woburn Police Department and reported her missing.

    Leone said the police set out on a massive manhunt for Melanie with cadaver dogs and helicopters, but the searches all came up empty. Melanie's family was devastated.

    "You know, it's the most difficult thing in the world," said MaryAnn Masciulli, another of Melanie's aunts. "Trying to find her, knowing that when you find her, it's not going to be a good thing. It's heartbreaking. It's hard to describe."

    Police eventually zeroed in on the people they believe were last seen with Melanie on the night she disappeared. They say everyone at the party agreed that she was the last girl left at the party. "It went to five boys and Melanie, and two boys and Melanie," said Leone.

    Authorities at the time interrogated the two boys in question, but they were never charged. They continue to live in the area.





    'A Secret Like That for 20 Years'
    Leone believes there was foul play involved. "We have reason to believe that more than one person over the years has not only concealed Melanie's body, but may also be involved in further concealing it or even moving it," he said.

    Over the years, there have also been rumors that Melanie was seen that night walking in a parking lot, through the darkened neighborhood, and down a street toward the next town.

    The Melanson family has never given up, and neither have the police. Pandolph has chased leads and returned to the scene of the crime many times over the years. After the reward was announced, finally, just weeks ago, investigators returned to the woods acting, they said, on information they had just received.

    Gonzalez has heard about the possibility of new information.

    "They're looking for her body, you know, watching it, watching it on the news, it gives me goose bumps 'cause I'm like, they're looking for my friend's body," Gonzalez said.

    Lawson said the family is hoping police do find a body. "For now we just want to bring her home," she said.

    Everyone touched by Melanie's disappearance says an end to their torment cannot come quickly enough. On Nov. 1, Melanie would have turned 35 years old.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://patch.com/massachusetts/woburn/over-25-years-later-case-missing-woburn-teen-reopened-0

    Over 25 Years Later, Case for Missing Woburn Teen Reopened

    Investigators are digging through a Woburn backyard with the hopes of finding the missing Melanie Melanson.
    By Frank O'Laughlin (Patch Staff) - Updated Aug 14, 2015 1:21 pm ET

    Melanie Melanson, 14, of Woburn, has been missing for over 25 years. On Thursday, investigators looking into the teenager’s disappearance kicked off a new search in an effort to bring her home, FOX25 reports.

    Investigators are digging at a location that they were never before granted access to. The piece of property in Woburn, in which a team of volunteers and forensic archaeologists gathered to dig, recently changed ownership.

    As a result of the ownership change, investigators are finally being allowed a chance to search the yard. They have wanted to search the area for many years.

    Melanson disappeared in October of 1989. She was last seen at party in the woods on the night of October 27. Police have previously stated that they think Melanson was killed that evening. The woods in which she was in were thoroughly searched over and over again. Investigators found nothing.

    The forensic anthropologist overseeing the renewed search efforts says the team of investigators will find Melanson if she is in the yard.

    Investigators used ground penetrating radar on the entire area. Radar signals bounced back, indicating something could be beneath the ground in the backyard.

    Woburn police are overseeing the digging as any discovered evidence would immediately create a crime scene.

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    https://projectjason.org/forums/topic/1650-missing-girl-melanie-melanson-ma-10271989/

    Missing Girl: Melanie Melanson - MA - 10/27/1989
    Started by Jenn, May 6, 2009

    May 5, 2009 10:17 pm US/Eastern

    Reward Keeps Missing Teen's Case Alive

    Reporting Beth Germano

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    WOBURN (WBZ) ―

    Twenty years after Melanie Melanson disappeared after a party in the woods with a group of friends in Woburn, her family and police are trying to dig up new leads in the cold case.

    Melanie was about to turn 15 years old when she disappeared on Oct. 27, 1989.

    Now, her family has announced a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of her body. The reward is being offered by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, which is committed to raising awareness to the issue of missing persons who have gone under suspicious circumstances.

    The district attorney's office and Woburn police are actively searching for the teen.

    She disappeared in a wooded area near 2 Henshaw Avenue where a party was taking place. Melanie was last seen with two males from the neighborhood.

    There were rumors that the girl had fallen and bumped her head and the fellow teens didn't realize she was gone.

    So was it foul play or an accident?

    Investigators aren't making any assumptions, but they believe she never it made it out of the woods that night. Her body has not been found.

    Gloria Guarracino says she is still haunted by the disappearance of her childhood friend.

    "This isn't supposed to happen to people you love," she said. "It makes me cry. It's sad."

    Like an eerie voice from the grave, Melanie's family has posted a page on MySpace in the girl's words, saying, "I would be 32 years old today. I've been missing since the evening of October 27, 1989."

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Woburn Police Department at 781-933-1212.
     
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    https://projectjason.org/forums/topic/1650-missing-girl-melanie-melanson-ma-10271989/

    http://www.wickedlocal.com/woburn/news/x342383142/Reward-offered-in-20-year-old-missing-person-case

    Reward offered in 20-year-old missing person case

    By Staff reports

    Wed May 06, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    Woburn, MA -

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the discovery of the body of Melanie Melanson, a girl who disappeared five days before her 15th birthday after a party in the woods with a group of friends, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, the Woburn Police Department, and members of Melanie's family announced today.

    At a press conference held today at the location in Woburn where Melanie was last seen, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, Woburn Police, and the family of Melanson announced the $5,000 reward that is now being offered for new information that leads to the discovery of her body.

    “Nearly 20 years ago, Melanie Melanson went into these woods behind me with a group of friends,” Leone said. “She was never seen again. We are asking the public’s help in finding Melanie as part of our continuing efforts to determine the circumstances of her death.

    “No information at this stage is insignificant,” Leone added. “There were people who were with Melanie at the time, as well as people who have been told information since her disappearance. We ask them to come forward to help us solve this painful mystery that Melanie’s family has had to live with for the last 20 years.”

    “It has been nearly 20 years since we lost Melanie,” Maryann Masciulli, Melanie’s aunt, said. “We are asking anyone with information to examine their conscience and please step forward so that we can give Melanie the burial that she deserves.”

    According to authorities, on the evening of Oct. 27, 1989, 14-year-old Melanie Melanson, a freshman at Woburn High School, was in a set of woods near the Woburn/Stoneham line at a party with a group of friends. In the early morning hours, Melanie remained with a group of five other friends. That was the last time that Melanie was ever seen or heard from again.

    In the ensuing days and months, family members, friends, and local law enforcement conducted extensive searches to find Melanie. That search included the use of cadaver dogs, dive teams in local waters, and repeated ground searches by local police. She was never located.

    The District Attorney’s Office and Woburn Police are presently conducting an active investigation and following new leads that have been developed. The reward and request for the public’s help is part of those continuing efforts to develop further evidence regarding Melanie’s whereabouts and the circumstances of her death.

    Members of the public with information that they believe would be helpful to the investigation can contact the Woburn Police Department at 781-933-1212 x853 or State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at 781-897-6650.

    The $5,000 reward money is being offered by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation which is committed to raising awareness to the issue of missing persons who have gone missing under suspicious circumstances (www.carolesundfoundation.com).
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://projectjason.org/forums/topic/1650-missing-girl-melanie-melanson-ma-10271989/

    http://wbztv.com/local/melanie.melanson.missing.2.1209602.html

    Mystery Surrounds Woburn Missing Teen

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    Melanie Melanson

    Sep 25, 2009

    WOBURN (WBZ) ―14-year-old Melanie Melanson was last seen hanging out with friends during a party in the woods of Woburn. That was on October 27, 1989.

    Melanie never returned home that night, and now state police are back on the piece of land where she was last seen, using heavy and light equipment for digging.

    In May, Melanie's aunt, Maryanne Masciulli made a plea to the teenager's friends from 20 years ago.

    "There are people who were with Melanie on the night of her disappearance. There have been people who've heard things about her disappearance since that day. There are people who have information that can help us find Melanie."

    Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in May that Melanie was not a runaway.

    "The facts and circumstances as we know them, we're virtually certain that what happened the night Melanie went missing was that she died," he said.

    Investigators are being tight-lipped about what, if anything, they found after Friday's
     
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    https://projectjason.org/forums/topic/1650-missing-girl-melanie-melanson-ma-10271989/

    http://abcnews.go.com/2020/vanished-melanie-melanson-20-years/story?id=8927393

    Cops Return to 1989 Disappearance of Girl, 14

    New Info Sparks Hope for Break in 20-Year-Old Cold Case; Police Search Forest for Clues

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    Melanie Melanson would be turning 35 this Nov. 1.

    (Courtesy MaryAnn Masciulli)

    Oct. 28, 2009

    JUSTIN STURKEN

    JESSICA HORNIG

    Video-The Disappearance of Melanie Melanson

    It is Halloween season in New England, and the quiet streets of Woburn, Mass., are decorated with the ghosts and goblins that are the stuff of children's nightmares.

    But this year also marks the 20th anniversary of a macabre local mystery that is terrifyingly real: the sudden disappearance of Melanie Melanson. Melanie was last seen at a high school party in the woods on the outskirts of town.

    Det. Mike Pandolph has been on the case since the very beginning. "Melanie walked down the path to meet her girlfriends and other kids that were several years older than her, and that was the last time that she was seen," he told ABC News. "That was 20 years ago."

    Melanie Melanson, 14 at the time, was the youngest of a dozen kids gathered in the woods that October night, most of them older teens who had been there many times before.

    Watch the full story Friday on "20/20" at 10 p.m. ET

    Kids would gather, kids would hang out, and um, and drink," said Pandolph.

    Melanie, just a freshman, was very flattered to have been included in the gathering. It was just days before her 15th birthday, and the young, pretty girl had much to look forward to, said prosecutor Marian Ryan.

    "Her birthday was coming. She was getting her braces off. All kinds of things that were very exciting," said Ryan.

    But the police and her family believe Melanie never saw her 15th birthday, and never came out of the woods that night. One of Melanie's aunts, Ruth Townsend, is still waiting for answers.

    "It's too many years, too many years," said Townsend. "It's heartbreaking ... to feel that she is out there. We know she is out there ... 20 years is just too long -- way too long."

    Life hadn't always been easy for Melanie. Her parents were both substance abusers who fought constantly. Melanie had even run away from home once before, going to live with her aunt Mary Ann and her grandmother in Woburn.

    "Melanie had a challenging upbringing, but it wasn't without people who loved her," said Woburn District Attorney Gerry Leone. "She had cousins, aunts, and it was a very nice upbringing, despite her own biological parents having problems."

    Renewed Push to Find Melanie

    This spring, authorities announced a renewed push on the case and offered a $5,000 reward for information to solve it.

    On the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 27, 1989, Melanie and her friend Carmen Gonzalez left high school after class and walked home for the last time. That night, Melanie told her grandmother she was going to sleep over with a friend who lived next door. What Melanie didn't say was that she'd been invited to join a late-night gathering in the woods next to an industrial park.

    Other kids at the party would later tell police that the party slowly dwindled down in the early hours of Saturday morning, and everyone drifted home.

    But when dawn broke, Melanie was nowhere to be found. Her grandmother became very worried. By mid afternoon, Melanie's family had learned about the party, and made a series of frantic phone calls to almost everyone who had been there. The family called the Woburn Police Department and reported her missing.

    Leone said the police set out on a massive manhunt for Melanie with cadaver dogs and helicopters, but the searches all came up empty. Melanie's family was devastated.

    "You know, it's the most difficult thing in the world," said MaryAnn Masciulli, another of Melanie's aunts. "Trying to find her, knowing that when you find her, it's not going to be a good thing. It's heartbreaking. It's hard to describe."

    Police eventually zeroed in on the people they believe were last seen with Melanie on the night she disappeared. They say everyone at the party agreed that she was the last girl left at the party. "It went to five boys and Melanie, and two boys and Melanie," said Leone.

    Authorities at the time interrogated the two boys in question, but they were never charged. They continue to live in the area.

    'A Secret Like That for 20 Years'

    Leone believes there was foul play involved. "We have reason to believe that more than one person over the years has not only concealed Melanie's body, but may also be involved in further concealing it or even moving it," he said.

    Over the years, there have also been rumors that Melanie was seen that night walking in a parking lot, through the darkened neighborhood, and down a street toward the next town.

    The Melanson family has never given up, and neither have the police. Pandolph has chased leads and returned to the scene of the crime many times over the years. After the reward was announced, finally, just weeks ago, investigators returned to the woods acting, they said, on information they had just received.

    Gonzalez has heard about the possibility of new information.

    "They're looking for her body, you know, watching it, watching it on the news, it gives me goose bumps 'cause I'm like, they're looking for my friend's body," Gonzalez said.

    Lawson said the family is hoping police do find a body. "For now we just want to bring her home," she said.

    Everyone touched by Melanie's disappearance says an end to their torment cannot come quickly enough. On Nov. 1, Melanie would have turned 35 years old.
     

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