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    IN - Melinda Karen Creech, 13, Anderson, 4 Sept 1979

    Melinda Creech
    Missing since September 4, 1979 from Anderson, Madison County, Indiana.
    Classification: Endangered Runaway


    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: September 21, 1963
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 16 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: N/A
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair; blue eyes. Possibly wavey hair.
    Dentals: Available


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Melinda Creech ran away from home several times. When she ran away from home in 1979 she was never seen again. At least not by her siblings who were led to believe, by their mother, that she had been found dead in New York. This was untrue according to documents found after the mothers death. Creech could use a different last name.

    Investigators
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    Madison County Sheriffs Office
    Detective Callahan
    765-646-9281

    Family website: http://www.geocities.com/mindyscandle/index.html

    Kelly Jolkowski
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    Project Jason
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    Maybe if she ran away, Melinda went to one of the bigger cities in Indiana. Maybe if the family did searches there and put her story one the local news and newspapers (if they haven't) in places like Indianapolis, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, Evansville, or even Louisville, Ky and Chicago. they could get a lead. Maybe billboards on theiterstate would be an option. I'm sure they have done or thought of this, but I just thought I would throw it out there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sisters
    Maybe if she ran away, Melinda went to one of the bigger cities in Indiana. Maybe if the family did searches there and put her story one the local news and newspapers (if they haven't) in places like Indianapolis, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, Evansville, or even Louisville, Ky and Chicago. they could get a lead. Maybe billboards on theiterstate would be an option. I'm sure they have done or thought of this, but I just thought I would throw it out there.
    Problem is, she would be 40 now--probably looks nothing like she did at 16. Wow, what a long time to be missing. So sad.
    Karen


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    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1297dfin.html

    Interesting link for a "Melinda Creech" I found on yahoo, which states "Photos of worship banners designed and created by Melinda Creech."

    http://www.seminext.com/synapse/phot...e=rrcreech.com

    Might be somehow related to them.

    All matches for Melinda Creech on yahoo are here

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22...t&cop=mss&tab=

    Prayers for this family. Thanks for the info, Kelly.

    With HOPE, Lanie
    Help For The Missing
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    http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp...7&nav=9TaiQckX


    Anderson, September 6 - Fourteen-year-old Melinda Karen Creech disappeared September 4, 1979. Twenty-five years later her brother Daryl Creech of Oklahoma hopes to find her.

    Melinda lived in Anderson, Indiana in the 2900 block of West Cross Street along with her siblings.

    They say their mother assured them their lost sister passed away after a body turned up in New Jersey. But now there are lots of questions.

    "What would cause a 14-year-old girl to disappear and never be seen or heard from again," asks Madison County Sheriff Terry Richwine

    Years after their mother's death and a search through her personal belongings raised more questions.

    Melinda's siblings found an unsent letter by Melinda to a possible boyfriend named Ricky Williams, an invitation someone gave Melinda to a party, her address book and the most shocking discovery,
    a letter disclosing unmatched dental records indicating that the body found was not Melinda.

    "That brings into question why she put that information out when she knew it was not true," said
    Richwine.

    Doe Network is an organization dedicated to heating up cold missing persons cases. They, just like Melinda's siblings, would like to know why Melinda's mother gave out false information about her death.

    "Maybe she was afraid the other kids, her sisters and brothers might do everything they could to see that she got back home," said Julie Mearing of Doe Network.

    After 25 years, the Creechs hope to find not only a missing sister, but answers as well..


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    Melindas poor family. I can think of another reason that Melindas mother might want people to give up and think she was dead. I hope I am wrong. Bless her.


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    Praying for Melinda.

    With love and HOPE, Lanie


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    Bumping for Melinda.....

    Kelly, do you know if there have been any updates on Melinda's case? Has the family received any new leads? Did they get any response to the letters that they sent out? I think of Melinda often and hold out hope that this family can be reunited.


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    I have not heard from Melinda's family in a very long time, even though I have emailed them. I wish I could tell you more. (sigh) Thanks for asking, though.

    Kelly


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    Oh My, what a strange twist for the family to find information that their mom put forth false information. Truth is stranger then fiction.

    Prayers to the family for strengh as they search for the answers.


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    I agree with Emma

    Emma I also thought of a reason Melindas mother would want people to believe she was dead. Maybe her mother didn't bother to show up at her court case and sometime later Melinda confronted her about it. Later a terrible fight took place and Melinda was killed. The mother convinced her family that Melinda was dead (Princess Doe) so they would not question her about Melindas whereabouts as they became older.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberly1
    Emma I also thought of a reason Melindas mother would want people to believe she was dead. Maybe her mother didn't bother to show up at her court case and sometime later Melinda confronted her about it. Later a terrible fight took place and Melinda was killed. The mother convinced her family that Melinda was dead (Princess Doe) so they would not question her about Melindas whereabouts as they became older.
    I was also thinking this too as I read this thread. I wonder if her mother or someone close to her killed her, and her mother was just saying that her body was found to protect someone.


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    I can think of a more benign explanation: the mother simply wanted to forget about the whole experience.


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    RE: any updates

    The family is trying to obtain DNA so they can do testing against a few Jane doe's. More info at her website, but a big CAUTION as there is an actual coroner photo of one of the Jane's.

    http://www.geocities.com/mindyscandle/


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    I saw this Jane Doe on the DOE network a while back. And when I was looking for something else today in regards to Franklin Floyd (Sharon Marshall thread) I came upon Melinda and immediately thought of her.

    Jane Doe

    Melinda Creech

    I hope I'm wrong. Do any of you see a resemblance?

    The only thing that bothers me is that this DOE was found 5 years after Melinda went missing.
    Never give up...


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