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    TN - Thelma Melton, 58, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 25 Sept 1981

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 483DFTN

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/483dftn.html

    Thelma Pauline Melton
    Missing since September 25, 1981 from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


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    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: 1923
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 58 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'11"; 170-180 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: Auburn hair; brown eyes. She wears eyeglasses.
    •Medical Conditions: Melton was overweight, suffered from high blood pressure and nausea, and took medication for these ailments.
    •Clothing: Melton was last seen wearing a white and pink sleeveless striped blouse, tan polyester pants and tan, low cut, size 8 1/2 shoes with crepe soles. The left soul had a crack across the ball of the foot, which would have given distinctive footprints. She also had with her Virginia Slims cigarettes, a diamond studded white gold wristwatch and a wedding bank.
    •AKA: Polly

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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    On September 25, 1981 Polly Melton was hiking Deep Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park together with two friends. On the hike back she walked ahead of the others and disappeared. She had hiked this trail for almost 20 years.

    Prior to hiking, Polly had prepared sauce for the spaghetti she intended to cook for supper and had taken a short nap. If she took money, identification, or medicine with her, these items had been concealed from her friends. Polly was barred from driving that summer, so she had no car keys.

    No one in Polly's family could believe she would leave of her own free will and fear she met with foul play.


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

    Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation
    615-744-4000

    Source Information:
    Smoky Mountain Disappearances
    "Unsolved Disappearances in the Great Smoky Mountains", by Juanitta Baldwin. 2001

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...on_thelma.html
    More details at Charley Project.

    Disappearances in the Great Smokey Mountains - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    Cold Case thread.

    TN TN-Disappearances in the Smoky Mountains - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    Thread for all missing from Smokey Mnts.

    Archived articles:
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...e-melton&hl=en

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...e-melton&hl=en

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/fe...er/?printer=1/
    (Wonky webpage, scroll to bottom).

    snipped from last linked article:
    Thelma Pauline Melton, Jacksonville, Fla.The 58-year-old Melton was last seen by her two hiking companions late in the afternoon of Sept. 25, 1981, on Deep Creek Trail. She was walking ahead of the other two, who last saw her walking over a hill. Melton was overweight and suffered from high blood pressure, so her two friends thought it was odd she would be walking so fast. According to stories from the time, when the two made comments about her pace Melton turned to them and laughed and kept going. The search for Melton was called off on Oct. 5, 1981
    Thelma is originally from Jacksonville FL.

    Thelma has been missing almost 29 years. Come home soon.
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    Brief mention of Thelma in this article from 2012
    Some Smokies disappearances never solved
    http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/so...518e77ed1.html
    On August 6, 2012, mother of two Tamala Wells drove away from her home in Detroit. She has not been seen or heard from since she made her last phone call at 11:45 pm. Her car was recovered three days later, 20 minutes away from her home. Friends and family members are baffled.


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    On August 6, 2012, mother of two Tamala Wells drove away from her home in Detroit. She has not been seen or heard from since she made her last phone call at 11:45 pm. Her car was recovered three days later, 20 minutes away from her home. Friends and family members are baffled.


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