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OK MELODY ANN JONES: Missing from Earlsboro, OK - 4 May 1983 - Age 19

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by WindStorm, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    Melody Ann Jones missing from Earlsboro, OK since May 4, 1983. Husband found stabbed to death inside their home.

    Here is Melody's case file on Namus: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/17877/0/

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 17877

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Melody
    Middle name Ann
    Last name Jones
    Nickname/Alias Melody Garton Jones
    Date last seen May 04, 1983 22:15
    Date entered 10/23/2012
    Age last seen 19 to 19 years old
    Age now 51 years old
    Race Native American
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 59.0
    Weight (pounds) 135.0 to 140.0

    City Earlsboro
    State Oklahoma
    Zip code 74840
    County Pottawatomie
    Melody has not been seen since May 4, 1983.

    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Light brown, extremely curly hair
    Body hair

    Facial hair

    Left eye color Hazel
    Right eye color Hazel
    Eye description

    No known distinctive body features
    Distinctive features as described below
    Scars and marks
    Pierced ears
    Artificial body parts
    and aids
    Finger and toe nails
    Kept short, often painted.
    Other distinctive
    physical characteristics

    Foreign objects
    Skeletal information

    Clothing and Accessories
    Clothing and accessories are unknown
    Clothing and accessories are described below
    usually wore blue jeans
    shoe size is 5-5 1/2

    Always wore glasses - plastic frames - legally blind without glasses.

    Transportation Methods
    Vehicle make
    Vehicle model
    Vehicle color
    Tag type
    Tag number
    Tag state
    Expiration year
    Vehicle comments



    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Undersheriff
    First name Travis
    Last name Palmer
    Phone 405-275-2526 X 111
    Website http://pottcoso.com/
    Case number CR83-175
    Date reported May 05, 1983
    Jurisdiction County
    Agency Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office
    Address 1 325 North Broadway
    Address 2
    City Shawnee
    State Oklahoma
    Zip code 74801

    Title Special Agent
    First name Joe
    Last name Lahue
    Case number
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction State
    Agency Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
    Address 1
    Address 2
    Zip code

    Facial/case ID
    Public viewable

    From Doe Network
    Actual photo
    Public viewable

    Actual photo
    Public viewable

    1 documents available for this case.

    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 16, 2015
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    WindStorm Bronze Member

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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Was the person who killed her husband ever prosecuted?
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    WindStorm Bronze Member

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  6. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    It's a cold case. I posted it in Cold Cases and put links.

    P.S. Check your email....I put his name wrong in the title :(
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  8. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    "The disappearance of two young women in less than a month has state and local law enforcement officers stumped and area citizens concerned and frightened.

    One missing woman lived in Seminole. Both worked there.

    Melody Ann Jones, 19, an employee of the Seminole Dairy Queen, has been missing since 11 a.m. on May 5. Her husband, Paul Richard Jones, 20, was found stabbed to death in their rural home northwest of Earlsboro.

    Patty Hamilton, 18, an employee of the Seminole U Totem Store has been missing since 4:35 a.m. on April 9. She disappeared from the store during a night work shift.

    Police believe Miss Hamilton, the night clerk, was victim of a robbery-kidnapping, and think Mrs. Jones was abducted after her husband was slain.

    Whether the two cases are connected is as much a mystery as is the whereabouts of the women."

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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Melody could very well have ended up in the water, if the crimes are related.
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  11. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    Red marker is Seminole - down to Konawa. You can see Earlsboro to the west of Seminole

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  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Melody Jones, Missing from Oklahoma since 1983


    Melody was only 19 years old when she disappeared from Earlsboro, Oklahoma, on May 4th, 1983. Melody had spent the day fishing with her family and her brother dropped her off at her home on Benson Park Road. Her brother noticed that the door was ajar and the lights were on in the home when Melody arrived. She was never seen or heard from again.

    Melody failed to report to work the next day at the local Dairy Queen which prompted her mother to drive to the home and check on her. When she arrived, she discovered Melody's husband, 20 year old Paul Richard Jones (pictured above), stabbed to death inside. Police determined Paul was murdered in their bedroom sometime during the night. All of Melody's belongings remained at the house and the contents of her purse had been dumped on the floor. The couple's car remained in the driveway. There were no signs or indication of a robbery or domestic dispute.

    A search of the area turned up no sign of Melody. Her family is convinced that whoever murdered Paul also kidnapped Melody and the police are inclined to agree. Her family reported no strange behavior on the part of Melody and stated that her union with Paul was healthy and strong. A kidnapping of a store clerk named Patty Hamilton happened in the area on April 9th of the same year and authorities are investigation a connection. Authorities have stated they have no reason to believe that Melody is involved in Paul's murder. No suspects have been named in either Paul's murder or Melody's disappearance.

    If you have any information regarding the disappearance or whereabouts of Melody Jones OR you have information regarding the murder of Paul Jones, you are encouraged to contact the Pottawatomie Sheriff's Office at 405-275-2526.

    Description: Melody was 4'11 and 140 pounds at the time of her disappearance. She has light brown hair that is very curly and hazel eyes. She wore eyeglasses with plastic frames and is considered legally blind without them. She could possibly go by the name Melody Garton (her maiden name) or Melody Garton Jones.

    Tribal Information: Melody is described as "Native American" by some sources and "White" by others. No specific tribal information has been provided.

    Charley Project
    Oklahoma News 9

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  14. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Melody Ann Jones Went Missing In Earlsboro Oklahoma in May 1983



    Last seen alive: May 04, 1983 at 22:15

    Circumstances: Melody has not been seen since May 4, 1983.
    First Name: Melody Ann
    Middle Name: Ann
    Last Name: Jones
    Age When Last Known Alive: 19
    Race: Native American
    Sex: Female
    Height: 59.0
    Weight: 135.0 to
    City: Earlsboro
    State: Oklahoma
    Zip: 74840
    County: Pottawatomie
    Hair: Brown
    Head Hair: Light brown, extremely curly hair
    Eye: Hazel
    Piercings: Pierced ears
    Finger And Toe Nails: Kept short, often painted.
    Clothing and Accessories
    Clothing: usually wore blue jeans
    Footwear: shoe size is 5-5 1/2
    Eyewear: Always wore glasses - plastic frames - legally blind without glasses.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2016
  15. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Paul Richard Jones

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    Akoya Bronze Member


    Tips sought in 1983 cold case

    Family members of an Earlsboro man murdered in Pottawatomie County in 1983 traveled to Oklahoma this week and are pleading for anyone with information in the unsolved case to contact authorities.

    The family of Paul Richard Jones visited the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and met Undersheriff Travis Palmer, who keeps the thick case file for the decades-old homicide case in his office.Jones was 20 years old when he was found stabbed to death at his home. His wife, Melody (Garton) Jones, 19, disappeared.For 32 years now, the homicide and missing persons case has remained unsolved.Palmer hopes publicizing the case once again might bring new tips and leads that could help deputies solve the mystery.“I want to solve this case … somebody knows something,” Palmer said. “Guilt is a terrible burden to carry. There is no way this murder was carried out without someone knowing, being involved or helping."Some of Paul’s family members, who now live overseas, agree that after nearly 33 years, anyone with information should come forward.“I think of Paul every day and hope his case gets solved,” said Paul’s mother, Marge Jones.While there have been many changes in administration at the sheriff’s office since 1983, Palmer said the case file has had more than a dozen investigators working on it over the years. With no new leads in quite a while, the undersheriff hopes new tips might provide the missing piece of the investigative puzzle.“Someone knows that piece of evidence,” he said. “Any piece of the puzzle that keeps us going is what we’re trying to find.”According to news archives, on May 4, 1983, Melody (Garton) Jones spent the day fishing with her family. Her 18-year-old brother gave her a ride home and dropped her off at the rural Earlsboro home she shared with her husband. He reportedly saw the door ajar with lights on inside.On the morning of May 5, 1983, Melody didn’t show up for work at the Dairy Queen in Seminole. Her mother, now deceased, went to Melody’s home and discovered her son-in-law’s body. Melody wasn’t there, but all of her personal belongings, including her purse and eyeglasses, were found inside. The couple’s car was parked in the driveway.The home, which has long since burned down following a grass fire, was located one-half mile west of SH 9A on Benson Park Road.At that time, Paul Abel was the sheriff of Pottawatomie County. His office, along with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, probed the case as a murder and kidnapping, news archives show. Deputies searched the area around the home on foot and horseback, covering 160 acres, while a search by helicopter covered a 6-square-mile area. They found no sign of Melody or any clues.
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    The home, which has long since burned down following a grass fire, was located one-half mile west of SH 9A on Benson Park Road.


    Earlsboro wildfire burns 650+ acres

    Posted Jul. 31, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    SHAWNEE, Okla.Firefighters continued to douse hot spots Monday after a massive grass fire burned hundreds of acres Sunday in Earlsboro.Residents of about 20 to 30 homes were evacuated during that fire, with residents taking refuge at Tecumseh city hall.

    Tecumseh Fire Chief Aaron Williams, who served as one of the incident commanders on scene, said they initially estimated about 800 acres burned, but technology from the department’s I-pad apps have calculated about 650 to 700 acres were affected.


    Evacuations were ordered for homes between Crosslin Road and SH 9A and between Hardesty and Benson Park roads.Overall, the fire traveled about a two-mile path about one-mile wide, he said, with fire areas reported to almost Bob Crouch Road.Williams said crews focused efforts on saving people’s homes before anything else. Lost in the blaze were an abandoned house that wasn’t occupied, along with two outbuildings and a barn, and a few vehicles from a salvage yard, he said.


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    While deputies are in contact with members of Melody’s family, it isn’t believed that any of Paul’s family members still live in the area, Patten said, and no one knows how to contact them. Reports show Paul was a British national who received citizenship here.

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