07-15-2016, 02:00 AM #1Registered User
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TX - Pauline Klumpp, 51, Port Arthur, 2 July 1988
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
• Missing Since: July 2, 1988 from Port Arthur, Texas
• Classification: Endangered Missing
• Date Of Birth: January 18, 1937
• Age: 51 years old
• Height and Weight: 5'4, 165 pounds
• Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Klumpp has a scar six inches in length on her right arm starting at her armpit. She may use the last name Reed.
Details of Disappearance
Klumpp was last seen in Port Arthur, Texas on July 2, 1988. She has not been heard from since that date. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.
Roy Allen Melanson is a possible suspect in Klumpp's disappearance. He is a career criminal was first arrested in 1956, when he was in his teens, and has traveled to many states throughout the country. Melanson has spent more than half his life in prison for crimes including burglary, rape and murder, and committed many violent acts against women. Photos of him are posted below this case summary.
In 1988, Melanson was living with his ex-wife and her new boyfriend in Port Arthur. They were renting their house from Klumpp and they were the last people to see her before she disappeared. She came to their house to pick up a television set she'd loaned them, and she supposedly asked Melanson to come and help her with her air conditioner. They left together and Klumpp was never seen again. Four days later, her car was found in a grocery store parking lot. The television set was still inside it, but there were no indications of Klumpp's whereabouts. A man who traveled with Melanson after Klumpp went missing later told investigators that Melanson had told him he'd killed women and dumped their bodies in a swampy area near Fort Worth, Texas.
Melanson was convicted of weapons and stolen property charges in Kentucky in 1990. While he was incarcerated, police interviewed him about Klumpp's disappearance and he said she was alive and well when he'd last seen her. He was released from custody later in 1990, but arrested again in 1991. In 1993, he was convicted of killing a woman in Colorado in 1974. He was transferred to a Colorado prison after serving his sentence in Kentucky, and he is still there. Melanson is a suspect in some other deaths and, in 2010, police announced they had DNA evidence linking him to the homicide of a woman in Napa, California; she'd been killed just two months before his Colorado victim. He was convicted of the California woman's murder and sentenced to life in prison. Since he is already serving time for the other murder case, and since he is now in his seventies, it is certain that Melanson will never be released from custody. Had he not been convicted in the second homicide he could have been released on parole as early as 2012.
Melanson has not been charged in Klumpp's disappearance; her case remains unsolved.
KFDM Investigation: Cold Case Missing Person; serial killer link?
Sgt. Scott Gaspard was only a rookie with the Port Arthur Police Department when Klumpp went missing.
Now he’s decided to find Klumpp’s body. He says he knows Melanson killed her.
Sgt. Gaspard hopes someone will come forward with new information to crack this cold case. If you know anything about Roy Melanson hung out when he was in southeast Texas, contact Port Arthur Police Detectives directly at 409-983-8624
09-02-2016, 01:17 AM #2Registered User
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PAPD Cold Case: Psychic helping locate missing woman's body from 1988
A Southeast Texas cold case is heating up 28 years after Pauline Klumpp vanished.
Port Arthur Police Department Detective Scott Gaspard is using the help of Louisiana psychic Karen Jannise after other leads dried up.
10-06-2016, 03:46 AM #3Registered User
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PAPD close to solving 28-year-old murder
“We are interviewing (Klumpp’s) family now and finding as much information as we can,” he said referring to her last whereabouts and actions. “The old case files are sketchy at best, and we are putting together a case file leaning toward some type of probable cause. He (Melanson) is the actor (suspect). We want to confront him and see if he’ll tell us more. At this point he will die in prison, but for my case, I want to find the remains and close the case. I’m not interested in lengthy prosecution but find her remains and put her to rest.”
Last week Louisiana psychic Karen Jannise met with Port Arthur police in hopes of helping them find her remains.
A skeptic, Gaspard first brought her to various areas where crimes had occurred. Without knowledge of said areas, Jannise was able to provide intimate details only police knew of, he said.
A search was performed in an area near a bar in Port Acres but the landscape has changed in the 28 years since Klumpp’s disappearance. Brush and tall grass hampered the search for now.Jannise believes she knows how Melanson killed Klumpp and that the killer removed her head, tossing it in a grassy area.
“This man is very dangerous, evil. I looked at him through the victim’s eyes as he was killing her and he was smiling,” she said. “This guy is very sick, he’s killed other women. They told me he’s a serial killer. I said you don’t understand, he’s killed more than you’ll ever imagine, more than you know about.”
Jannise, who did not charge for her services, said she and police will return to the area in question with cadaver dogs in the near future.
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