It was twenty-four years ago that 14 year-old Melanie Melanson walked into the woods with a group of "friends." Her family never saw her again. Melanie has never been found and those responsible for her murder have never been punished. For over two years, as I've researched this tragedy, I've learned that not only did Melanie and her family become victims on the day she was murdered, but continue to be victimized over and over again by the very people who should be helping them.
The ties of certain individuals to the Woburn Police Dept - including one individual who is not on record anywhere of being present the night Melanie was murdered but has admitted to being at the location - raises a multitude of questions as to their handling of this case.
Missing evidence, failure to investigate, failure to follow up, questionable liaisons, blocking the family every time they move forward with their own investigation. . . the list goes on and on. A Pandora's Box that the assistant district attorney handling this case, who is now the acting Middlesex DA, may not want opened. Especially since she is running for election of that seat.
There are still people who were there that night who refuse to talk about what they may know. The two former girlfriends of the two men police have named as their prime suspects refuse to talk about that night Melanie was murdered. Other friends also refuse to talk about what they saw or heard.
I can't imagine holding secrets like that for all these years and being able to look myself in the mirror. Or look at my children, knowing I could have information that might bring Melanie home to her family.
Let's hope that sometime soon, those who may hold the key grow a conscience. . . so that on October 27, 2014, Melanie's family will be putting flowers on her grave.
Melanie Melanson tip line: 1-866-637-4907 firstname.lastname@example.org
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