Cops Still Seek Leads In Cold Case Of Teen Who Vanished From A Party 26 Years Ago

Melanie Melanson was only days away from turning 15 when she vanished without a trace. Although that was more than 25 years ago, investigators are still collecting leads and trying to find answers for her family, who say they have little hope she’s still alive.

It was October 27, 1989, when police say the then teenager ventured into the woods to party with some friends in Woburn, Mass. (WCVB said there were about two dozen students hanging out that night.) Michael Garrigan, who spoke to the Huffington Post a couple years ago, told them at the time he’s been on the case since 1991 as a private investigator.

On the night Melanie went missing, most people at the party left around 11 p.m. Garrigan said from his findings it looks like Melanie and two males were the only ones who stayed — and those boys eventually left, though Melanie did not. Those other two parties have not been identified.

Related: Foul Play Suspected In Disappearance Of Woman Who Vanished In Middle of Night

The Woburn Patch reports that police previously said they believe Melanie may have been killed that evening, but they have not revealed by who or why. Melanie’s aunt believes this same theory. In 2014 to WCVB in Boston, Maryann Masciulli said, “Melanie’s not missing. Melanie didn’t run away. She didn’t disappear. Melanie is a murder victim.” Masciulli said her family has believed this from the beginning.

Masciulli also said, “I have forgiven the fact that she’s been murdered. I’m OK with that. What I cannot forgive is they’ve allowed us, for 25 years, to not to be able to give her a proper burial.”

Family members believe that Melanie’s body may have been moved since then, especially after the heat turned up on the searches.

Alan Tate, a licensed professional investigator and founder of Mission for the Missing, has been working on Melanie’s case for years, and has said that multiple ground searches have taken place, but haven’t turned up any new information, bodies, or leads.

At this point, there have been no formal suspects, arrests, or persons of interests named.

Melanie would be in her mid-thirties today.

If you know anything about Melanie’s case, please call the Woburn Police directly with any leads: 781.933.1212.
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  • Anny Voos

    I’m not American and believe me, you guys may not see it, but your justice system is amazing.
    Although this is a sad case never solved, just the fact that the police is still looking, hoping to give the family an answer is touching.
    If you live in a country where all the system is corrupted and the constitution is old and helpless, you’d understand why so many people want to live in America.
    I’m not saying illegal immigration is cool. Just giving you a different perspective.
    May God comfort this family and guide the police to find something.

  • NJJuls

    Why did her parents let a 14 year old child to go to a party alone in the woods & allow her to stay out past 11pm?

    • VenusDoom3

      Maybe they didn’t. Kids sneak out. Kids also lie to their parents about where they’re going and who they’ll be with. Kids miss curfew. We don’t know that part of the story, so hold off on your condemnation of the parents.

      • NJJuls

        Maybe Maybe not. But she was 14 not 17! Parents STILL should have kept a better eye on her at 14. You can let your kids run wild at 13 & let them do whatever they want,. I never let that happen.

        • VenusDoom3

          Congratulations on being a perfect parent! Can you share your secrets with the rest of us?

          • NJJuls

            Thanks! But not so much perfect but a responsible one. It’s not that hard. Sure I’ll share. 1)Don’t be a “buddy” to your kids, be a parent!
            2) Don’t make up excuses for them when they mess up. 3)Make them take responsibility for their mistakes. 4) They need to tell you where they are & who they are with before they are allowed to go. Those are the main 4. Give it a try!

          • VenusDoom3

            Sarcasm is lost on the self-righteous.

          • NJJuls

            Nah not lost at all, just playing your game.

          • VenusDoom3

            No game. Just a suggestion not to judge a family if you’re not a member of it. You have no idea what they were going through then, nor can any of us fathom the pain they must feel all these years later. They don’t need snarky comments about their parenting. This happened over a quarter of a century ago. 1989 was a completely different era.They can’t change things now, and they’ve undoubtedly flogged themselves constantly over everything they could have done differently. They don’t need criticism; they need the public’s help finding their daughter.

          • William Selders

            Obviously someone at the Party Killed her. How could the other Party goers not know who were the last ones with her. The Dateline Story said it was 2 Males-so it was one of them. Seems Crazy that they couldn’t solve this case.

          • Anne

            Watch 20/20 Ghosts of Autumn. It tells her story.

    • Shannon Trovato

      They did not! She was suppose to be staying at her friends house. From there snuck out to go to party well her friend covered for her.

      • NJJuls

        Thanks for the info. I would think someone would have come forth with the truth by now. Sad no one has.

    • Kathy Morel

      They didn’t know…she lied & said she was going to a friend’s for a sleep over & the friend lied too .she was going to the party because her boy friend was going. Melanin was in my class…it saddens me that almost 27 yrs later no one has come forward with the truth

      • NJJuls

        Thanks for the info. I don’t understand how anyone could keep quiet for that long.

        • Anne

          Watch 20/20. Ghosts of Autumn. It tells ber story.

          • NJJuls

            Thanks. I’ll have to check that out.