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    CA - Melinda Moore, 40, Santa Rosa, 19 Sept 2005



    The fiance of a missing motorcycle rider is offering a $5,000 reward in an attempt to locate her.

    Mark Hindman said his fiance Melinda Moore was last seen leaving her west Santa Rosa home around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 19.

    The North Bay Sport Riders have been looking for her along rural roads and "goat trails'' Moore favored along the North Coast ever since she was reported missing. Friends are concerned Moore might have crashed her red 2002 Aprila Tuono motorcycle and is not visible to passing traffic.

    Two aerial searches have been conducted and friends have been lowered down hillsides of potential crash sites in remote areas.

    Moore failed to show up at classes at Santa Rosa Junior College before she disappeared, according to the sport riders' Web site.

    None of Moore's credit or debit cards have been used since Monday and it is unlike her to remain out of contact for 12 hours, according to information on the sport riders' Web site.

    Moore was wearing full leathers when she left her home. She is a very skilled rider and knows area roads well, according to the Web site. She left her cell phone behind and was carrying only a fanny pack.

    Moore was under pressure and was saddened by some recent events in her life, according to Kim Davalos of the Web site http://www.findbigred.com.

    Moore, 40, is 5 feet 10 inches and has red hair.

    The sport riders' Web site is http://www.northbaysportriders.com.


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    Police locate missing motorcyclist

    09/29/05 12:55 PDT


    The Santa Rosa Police Department reports that the body of motorcyclist Melinda Moore, who was missing since Sept. 19, was found Wednesday several hundred feet down a cliff from state Highway 1.

    According to the police, Moore and her motorcycle were located approximately three miles south of Fort Ross after a citizen contacted authorities and informed them that he had found a helmet in the area on the same day Moore was declared missing.

    The case is still under investigation, police report.


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    They think it was a suicide
    Missing biker drove off cliff by Fort Ross
    Police say Santa Rosa woman's death an apparent suicide
    Thursday, September 29, 2005


    The search for a missing Santa Rosa motorcyclist came to a sad conclusion Wednesday with the discovery of Melinda Moore's body in a crevice on an 800-foot cliff near Fort Ross.

    Authorities said the 40-year-old Moore had placed her helmet and riding gloves on a rock as a marker before gunning her red Aprilia Tuono motorcycle over the cliff's edge.

    Halfway down, her body caught on a bushy outcropping. The motorcycle sailed on, smashing on the rocky beach.

    "We're looking at this as an apparent suicide," Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Steve Bair said.

    The discovery brought an abrupt end to a weeklong search that included hundreds of motorcyclists from across the Bay Area, private pilots, off-duty search and rescue personnel and a private investigator.

    "Melinda's body and bike have been found. Our hearts and thoughts are with Melinda's family and friends," read the message on www.findbigred.com, a Web site created by her friends to share information and organize searchers.

    Late Wednesday afternoon, a Santa Rosa police detective, a patrol officer and a chaplain arrived at Moore's Saddlehorn Court home to deliver the grim news to her fiance and about a dozen friends.

    Mark Hindman, a motorcycle parts entrepreneur, had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to Moore's whereabouts. He sobbed loudly when told his fiancee's body had been found.

    Adam Wade, a friend from San Mateo, said, "To some extent it's a relief to know what happened. But it's obviously not the news anybody wanted to hear."

    Moore, who had worked as a saleswoman at a Santa Rosa BMW dealership and was taking marketing classes at Santa Rosa Junior College, left the house last Monday, ostensibly bound for class.

    Friends said she was depressed for a variety of reasons, including health issues and struggles at school. She also was absorbed in a lawsuit stemming from a motorcycle crash that broke both of her arms.

    But that sadness seemed to be offset by a rich sense of humor. Moore was a member of the Bay Area Menstrual Cycle Club, an all-female riding group. A photo in her living room shows her wearing a T-shirt that reads, "Does my bike make my butt look fast?"

    "Melinda was this huge Amazon woman, a bundle of energy," Wade said of the 5-foot-10 Moore, who was known as "Big Red" for her vibrant red locks.

    Friends said Moore was there for other people in need and had counseled others out of taking their own lives. Nobody saw her final act coming.

    Bair said an abalone diver stopped to pick up Moore's helmet and gloves after spotting them on a turnout of Highway 1 on Sept. 19, the same day she rode away from her home in Santa Rosa.

    The Sebastopol man contacted authorities Wednesday after reading news reports of her disappearance. He led detectives to the site later in the day.

    Bair said the spot where Moore died is known as "High Point" because the cliffs there are among the highest on the Sonoma County coast.

    The area is about three miles south of Fort Ross on the twisty and scenic road, just the kind Moore liked to ride to clear her head. Bair said the cliff where she went over is on a turnout about 50 feet from the highway.

    He said detectives spotted the body and motorcycle, which couldn't be seen from the road, after they hiked down a steep trail to the beach and looked back at the cliff.

    The sheriff's helicopter was used to remove Moore's body using a long line and a litter. She was taken by van to the coroner's office in Santa Rosa.

    She was still clad in her leather riding gear, Bair said.

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