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    GA - Shannon Melendi, 19, Atlanta, 26 March 1994

    I live in Atlanta and spent many nights at the Softball Country Club cheering on my boyfriend's team. Later, when Shannon was abducted from the area, it was a chilling reminder of how vulnerable we all are.

    I can't imagine the horror for Shannon's family as the tenth anniversary of her disappearance approaches (March 26) and her body has still not been found. Her killer has never been charged. In fact, the main suspect was released from prison just 2 months ago.

    This might make a good "case of the month" for March in recognition of the anniversary. All her parents want are some answers.

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    I read this whole thing. Is there any current website for her where we could leave a message?
    xxxxxxxxxooooo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Love_Mama
    I read this whole thing. Was her body ever found?
    Not that I have ever heard of or found out on the web. I think these cases (where the person is never found) freaks me out worse than even the most horrible murders. I can't imagine trying to go to work or school and continue on with the business of life not knowing where your child or sister or friend might be. Ten years and still no answers.

    I know how hard it was to go on with my life after the losses of our babies, but we knew what had happened to them and where they were. This is beyond my comprehension. It breaks my heart.

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    I hope you don't mind me asking Angelmom.......but what happened with your babies? You can PM me if you like.

    It seems that there are a great many people on this forum who have gone through some terrible losses in their families. Maybe that's why I too am here. I think that we who have lost a child feel such a huge empathy towards other's who have too. Death is death........but not knowing where their missing children are must surely be the most excruciating thing imaginable. Ten years.........not knowing! How does this family sleep at night!

    If you hear anything more on this.........be sure and let us know.

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    http://doenetwork.bravepages.com/1126dfga.html

    Lots of matches for Shannon on yahoo

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

    Love_Mama, there is a contact us page on their web site, you can reach the family that way, and I have more info if you need or want it, ok.

    With love and hope, Lanie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love_Mama
    I hope you don't mind me asking Angelmom.......but what happened with your babies? You can PM me if you like.

    It seems that there are a great many people on this forum who have gone through some terrible losses in their families. Maybe that's why I too am here. I think that we who have lost a child feel such a huge empathy towards other's who have too. Death is death........but not knowing where their missing children are must surely be the most excruciating thing imaginable. Ten years.........not knowing! How does this family sleep at night!

    If you hear anything more on this.........be sure and let us know.

    xxxxxxxxooo
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    Sorry, hadn't checked this thread in a while. No big secret, we lost three babies to miscarriage. Luckily I was diagnosed with a luteal phase defect and treated; now we have three healthy children.

    For the last ten years I have volunteered with the pregnancy and infant loss support group that literally saved my life. It is called SHARE Atlanta. This is a very common way to lose a child, and everyone handles it differently. Our goal, besides support, is to let parents know their options. One of the most common comments we get is that they never knew there was a group and thought they were crazy for feeling intense grief. I hear that even from women who had a loss twenty+ years ago. I don't think it ever goes away completely.

    I agree that people who have experienced some type of tragedy are more affected by the heartbreak of others. Part of what enrages me about Laci and Conner's deaths is that I know so many daddies who would do anything for their wife to be carrying a healthy baby to term. Their helplessness is agonizing in the face of that smarmy smile on Scott's face.

    Thanks for the hugs... you can never have too many!

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    We were just talking about this and look what was in today's paper:

    AJC

    I hope they can come up with something so this guy isn't walking around free. He has a similar history to the guy who took Carlie.

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    its so sad to hear about all these teens children and adults that go missing and sometimes le take there time when someone is reported missing becuse they assume its like a family dispute or a goodlooking runaway sometimes i wish they could trade places with a mother or father of someone missing and they could see what they go through im only 22 and recently missing people and crimal justace has intrested me i think of all these people and i go it can happen to anyone, is it normal to be scared sometimes im at home alone with the cat and dog i live behind woods and sometimes i get scared that something might happen to me

    i hope the family has closure and finds her so that they can be at some peace

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    Shannon Melendi's family continues to look for her and I'm so glad that Dekalb County has decided to reopen the case after 10 years. I saw it on the news just the other night on Channel 2.
    I wish that Clinton County Ohio would do the same for Carrie's case. SOmething has to be done to stop people from disappearing and also something needs to be done to insure that nobody forgets after a certain amount of time passes. All too often, after it's broadcasted on the news a few times, people dont remember. The family and those closet to them never forget. I hope that something comes of this case very soon.

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    its so sad that after 10 years no news their are some cases where family still has no news and its been 29 years and still no answers some people think im a little to over cauous but one can never be i tell my friends i can be here to day and gone tomrow and its not a joke i wish all the sick people who do these things would stop


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    Quote Originally Posted by smile22
    its so sad that after 10 years no news their are some cases where family still has no news and its been 29 years and still no answers some people think im a little to over cauous but one can never be i tell my friends i can be here to day and gone tomrow and its not a joke i wish all the sick people who do these things would stop
    Smile, my family waited 11 years to get the bad news. Unfortunately my parents passed before my sister's remains were found. It was 20 years ago this past February that she disappeared. She was only 19 years old. Please do continue to keep this family and the others who are also missing loved ones in your prayers. I can tell you from experience that it helps.

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    Man Indicted in Melendi Case

    8-31-2004
    A DeKalb County grand jury on Monday indicted Colvin "Butch" Hinton III on charges connected to the murder of Shannon Melendi.

    The two-count indictment, announced at an afternoon news conference in which the victim's father Luis attended, came down more than 10 years after Melendi’s disppearance. Her body has never been found.

    Hinton was scheduled for a court appearance at the DeKalb County Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon, but it was canceled. The court date was apparently unnecessary.

    Hinton is in the custody of DeKalb County authorities. He has been charged with murder and felony murder. Officials said he would have been charged with an additional count of kidnapping, but the statute of limitations has run out.

    “Shannon Melendi is going to have her day in court and the district attorney’s office is going to be her voice,” said Jeffrey Brickman, the DeKalb County District Attorney.

    “Our main focus as a family is that he will not hurt another family again,” said Luis Melendi, Shannon’s father. “I don’t want any other family to go through what we’ve been through over the last 10 years.”

    http://www.11alive.com/news/news_art...?storyid=51226

    My prayers are with the Melendi family and with those prosecuting this case. I pray for justice for Shannon....and that she is found, and soon.

    With HOPE, Lanie

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    Angry

    I read the whole story, including Hinton's sexual assault history going all the way back to age 16. Read how he was let go to do it again over and over, and again even after Shannon was abducted. It made me to read the following: "Melendi {Shannon's dad} tried to establish the Shannon Melendi Foundation. Its motto: 'Keep sexual predators behind bars. Save our Children'. However, there was too much resitance from criminal rights advocates." Who the heck are these "advocates", and why are they more powerful in influencing how sexual predators are handled by the justice system?

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    Justice?

    Police named Hinton as a suspect when they discovered he had served a two year sentence for kidnapping and molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1982.


    Are you kidding me. Two years!! Two hundred years would not have been enough. But he got nine years for trying to beat an insurance company.

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    Another absolutely beautiful girl with her whole life in front of her taken way too soon. Thank God the investigation is still moving forward. I hope her parents get to see this thing through.

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