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  1. #136
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    I always think of Melissa this time of year (since she went missing at a Christmas party). I was wondering if anyone ever tried to contact Caleb Hughes wife (or ex wife maybe?). Seems like after all these years she might be willing to give up more information. Does anyone know what became of his son? I guess he would be in his mid twenties now.

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    I can't help but think of Melissa every morning, as I drive by the Woodside Apartments on my way to work. I was 19 when she was abducted and recall a neighbor being part of the search team.

    The information contained in the maps below are my interpretation of locations, based on MSM and input from others. They are meant solely as a guide and are not to be taken as fact.

    Possible Victims of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...01105,0.019634

    Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...406effc9c7306f

    Holly Bobo ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...184749,0.31414

    Kyron Horman ~ https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...kQ&usp=sharing

    Relisha Rudd ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...3bc4b55d&msa=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXIA15145 View Post
    One of the crime shows claim Hughes' car was not parked in that lot, but in an adjacent parking lot that he would have had to carry Melissa thru grass and shrubs to get to.
    The only adjacent parking lot that I can think of from back then would have been the one for the Booth Feeds and Bar J Restaurant, which are no longer there. It is now an empty lot.

    The information contained in the maps below are my interpretation of locations, based on MSM and input from others. They are meant solely as a guide and are not to be taken as fact.

    Possible Victims of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...01105,0.019634

    Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...406effc9c7306f

    Holly Bobo ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...184749,0.31414

    Kyron Horman ~ https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...kQ&usp=sharing

    Relisha Rudd ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...3bc4b55d&msa=0

  4. #139
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    Just saw this case profiled on the FBI Files. I think it sounds like the right guy, but with out Melissa's remains, it's never closed no matter who is behind bars. Does anyone have a list of rule outs made against Melissa already?
    Have You Seen Me?
    Deanie Marie Pyle Peters
    Mary Jo Lee Long
    Leanna "Beaner" Warner
    Jodi Huisentruit
    Amy Billig
    Rachael Garden
    Stacie Madison and Susan Smalley
    The Springfield Three
    Fawn & Rozlin Abell
    The Forth Worth Trio
    Rachel Mellon Skemp

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    Discuss her case here: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...aron+rose+sons

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  5. #140
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    I think a really good clue is that Hughes' much older wife recorded exactly how many miles Caleb put on the car, I believe a Honda. It was 51 miles. I doubt he had time to meander around aimlessly for two hours after the abduction. Google Maps provides an excellent tool for running various driving scenarios to come up with exactly 51 miles. Hughes was from Prince William County and would be most familiar with that county. I've seen references to Caleb living near the Safeway in Lake Ridge. Google recognizes this as a location. Use that as the starting point. The next destination is the Woodside Apartment complex, that's about 9 to 10 miles away. Looking at a satellite map, try to find a remote location that Caleb would be familiar with and that is very wooded such that a drive to that location and a return home to Lake Ridge ends up at exactly 51 miles. I tried various locations but anything to the North or Northeast results in densely populated areas. The Potomac River blocks Eastward locations. That leaves the South, Southwest and Northwest. Remote areas along the Occaquan River won't provide enough miles. At this point it should become clear that the uber remote areas of Prince William Park and the Western areas of the Marine Corps Base of Quantico really stand out. If you pick an area on the Western edges of Prince William Park you can get exactly 51 miles if Joplin Road and I-95 are used to get to the park and return to Lake Ride, which would be the fastest route. Happyland Camp Five Lake Area and the areas along Joplin Road west of Happyland Camp Five come out to exactly 51 miles. Parts of the Marine Base in this area are also possibilites but he may have wanted to stay off military property. I think these areas are the most likely to reveal the body of Melissa. Being a groundskeeper, I'm sure he hid the body quite well.

  6. #141
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    Wayners at the time they were playing a map on the news of how far he could possibly have gotten. The area was extensively searched.... My thoughts are that either:
    1) They missed her (be that she was hidden so well, or it wasn't as extensive as they claimed)
    2) The wife lied about the distance
    3) She was moved
    4) She was handed off to someone else
    5) She was put in the water and her body moved elsewhere by current so she is no longer within the radius

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    http://www.leagle.com/decision/19931337431SE2d906_11296


    HUGHES v. COM.

    Caleb Daniel HUGHES v. COMMONWEALTH of Virginia.

    BARROW, Judge.

    This criminal appeal is from a conviction of abduction with intent to defile for which the defendant was sentenced to fifty years in the penitentiary. The jury's verdict rested upon circumstantial evidence linking the defendant with the unexplained disappearance of a five-year-old child.

    We address the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the conviction, the admissibility of certain carpet fibers, the admissibility of statements the defendant made to the police, and the discovery of certain materials that the prosecution failed to provide the defendant. In doing so, we hold that: (1) although evidence supported a finding that the defendant abducted the
    [431 S.E.2d 909]
    child, it did not support a finding that he did so with intent to defile her; (2) carpet fibers found in the defendant's car had no probative value because they did not tend to prove or disprove that the child had been in the car; (3) the defendant's statements to the police were admissible because he was not in custody at the time he made them; and (4) certain statements by witnesses to the police were exculpatory and should have been produced by the Commonwealth's attorney. Finally, because our holdings require that we reverse the defendant's conviction and remand the matter for a new trial, we do not consider whether the trial court should have granted a new trial on the grounds of after-discovered evidence and the failure of the Commonwealth to provide Brady material.

    Much much more!

  8. #143
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    Earlier today, a Forensic Files show on HLN featured this sad story.

    Found a copy of the show on youtube for anyone who wants to watch it again.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disapp...elissa_Brannen

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    Quote Originally Posted by spring24 View Post
    Wayners at the time they were playing a map on the news of how far he could possibly have gotten. The area was extensively searched.... My thoughts are that either:
    1) They missed her (be that she was hidden so well, or it wasn't as extensive as they claimed)
    2) The wife lied about the distance
    3) She was moved
    4) She was handed off to someone else
    5) She was put in the water and her body moved elsewhere by current so she is no longer within the radius
    I read somewhere that the wife claims not to have specified exactly 51 miles but instead said something like "an extra 50 miles," which would mean something like 60 miles driven between the time he left the complex and the time he arrived home.
    At least he received 50 years for abduction despite the lack of a body. I wish that would happen more often.

  10. #145
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    From the Virginia Inmate Locator...

    Offender Name: Hughes, Caleb Daniel
    DOC Number: 1058054
    Inmate Number: 173330
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Location: Bland Correctional Center
    Projected Release Date: 02/22/2018

    Source:

    Commonwealth of Virginia - Department of Corrections - Offenders, Offender Locator

    LINK:

    http://www.vadoc.virginia.gov/offend...or/results.cfm
    If this release date of 02/22/2018 is correct, he will be out in a year and a half?
    OMG!


  11. #146
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    Quote Originally Posted by watcher9 View Post
    If this release date of 02/22/2018 is correct, he will be out in a year and a half?
    OMG!
    I don't think it's accurate, searching now I'm getting release 08/02/19. I swear I searched years ago and also had a date that should have since passed. Not sure what it means that it keeps changing, but I don't think its accurate.

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    Daughter reunited with family 18 years after being kidnapped, Madison mom reacts
    Madison resident Tammy Brannen turned away from her 5-year-old daughter Melissa for just a moment 27 years ago.

    Tammy hasn't seen Melissa since.

    She celebrates homecomings like this for other mothers.

    She also said a lot has come from Melissa kidnapping in the late 80s. It was one of the first times they tried a case based on forensic evidence. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children dedicated its forensic imaging unit in honor of Melissa Brannen.

  13. #148
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    Link no longer works. I'm assuming this linked article had to do with Tammy Brannen reacting to the discovery of Kamiyah Mobley who had been taken from a hospital in Jacksonville FL 18 years before and that Tammy's daughter Melissa is still missing.

    Melissa's story was shown again on Forensic Files tonight.
    Hughes should have to serve his whole 50 year sentence before they even think of letting him out.

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