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    FL - Melinda 'Mindy' Mele, 42, Vero Beach, 1 Aug 1998

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    Melinda Kay Mele

    Case Classification: Missing
    Missing Since: August 1, 1998
    Location Last Seen: Vero Beach, Indian River County, FloridaPhysical Description

    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.
    Date of Birth: November 17, 1955
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 42 yrs old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"
    Weight at Time of Disappearance: 130-140 lbs
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Brown
    Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Mele, Melinda Kay, Cox, Melinda Draper
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Hysterectomy scar, several fillings on her molars
    Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Available
    DNA: AvailableClothing & Personal Items

    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown
    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Melinda "Mindy" Mele went missing sometime in early to mid August of 1998. Her 1985 Red Chevy Blazer was found abandoned on the side of the road off Highway 60.
    Investigating Agency(s)

    If you have any information about this case please contact;
    Agency Name: Indian River County Sheriff's Office
    Agency Contact Person: Detective Chris Cassinari
    Agency Phone Number: 772-569-6700

    Agency Case Number: 1999-86194
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
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    Oct 2009
    Nickname/Alias "Mindy," Mele, Melinda Kay, Cox, Melinda Draper

  3. #3
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    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    There is onevery odd feature of this case. Ancestry has a marriage record on 24 March 1998in Orange County, Florida for Melinda Mele to Carroll Odean Silverthorne. Theonly person of that name I can find is living in New Jersey and is now 71 – so wouldhave been 52 in 1998, a reasonable age for Melinda to be marrying. He also hasa record as a sex offender in New Jersey from the 1990s. I cannot find anythingelse but it seems to me that LE would be naturally interested in a husband froma marriage only a few months earlier and who has a criminal record.
    Melinda alsohad a criminal record (http://www.courtrecords.org/people/Melinda+Draper+FL/)
    for sale orpurchase of heroin in 1988. I have no idea whether this has any relevance butmay indicate she was mixing in dodgy circles if she was still involved withdrugs.

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