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    AL - Melinda Wall McGhee, 31, Atmore, 24 March 2003

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: March 24, 2003 from Atmore, Alabama
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: June 3, 1971
    Age: 31 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'4, 130 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.

    Details of Disappearance
    Melinda was last seen on March 24, 2003 at her residence on Kent Road in Atmore, Alabama. She had arrived home from work where she was a nurse on the night shift at a Bay Minette, Alabama nursing home, at 8:00 a.m. that day. Her husband, Troy McGhee, was at that time at work at Masland Carpets. Their two children were with a baby-sitter, and Troy's son from a previous relationship was at the dentist's. Melinda spoke to Troy and to her mother on the phone at approximately 8:30 a.m. She has never been heard from again. Troy came home at close to 4:00 p.m. that afternoon and found his wife missing. There was blood and other evidence of a violent struggle in their house. He reported her missing at that time.
    Melinda's vehicle was found parked near the house with her keys locked inside. Her purse and cellular phone were inside the residence. There was evidence of a struggle inside her home, but no indications that anyone had been murdered there. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance. She and her husband had been happily married for seven years and had been planning a weekend trip to the beach when Melinda vanished. Their home is at the end of a dead-end dirt road in a rural area, near Poarch, Alabama. There are only three other houses on the road.
    Authorities are looking into the possibility that Derrick Todd Lee, the alleged Baton Rouge serial killer, was involved in Melinda's apparent abduction. Lee has been charged with the murders of six southern Lousiana women and is suspected in numerous other murders, rapes, and disappearances in the Baton Rouge, Lousiana area. He has been charged with murdering Randi Mebruer and is considered a possible suspect in the disappearance of Mari Fowler, Eleanor Parker and Glenn Tankersley.
    Melinda's case is similar to Mebruer's but Melinda disappeared 250 miles away from Baton Rouge so Lee is not considered a strong suspect. Suspected serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones is also a suspect in her disappearance; a photograph of Jones is posted below this case summary. He is also a suspect in the murder of Patrice Endres, who missing for eighteen months before her remains were found in December 2005, and the abductions of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. Melinda's case remains unsolved; she is presumed to be a victim of foul play.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Escambia County Sheriffs Office
    251-809-0741

    Source Information
    Alabama Department of Public Safety
    Al.com: Everything Alabama
    The Advocate
    The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
    WXIA-TV Atlanta
    WEAR TV 3
    The Atmore Advance
    The Crime Library
    MySpace Page for Melinda McGhee


    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...e_melinda.html
    Last edited by Salem; 04-23-2010 at 02:12 PM.

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    Atmore Buzzing Over Missing Woman's Case

    Melinda McGhee was last seen in her Atmore home almost five years ago. Today (Friday), the Escambia County Sheriff's Office followed up on a tip about the unsolved case.

    Sheriff Grover Smith with the Escambia County Alabama Sheriff's Office says McGhee was 31 years old when she went missing. Authorities say the mother of two was asleep at her Atmore home on Gravel Lake Road when she was assaulted and then abducted on March 24th, 2003.

    Authorities say McGhee hasn't been seen or heard from since.

    http://wkrg.com/news/article/atmore_...ans_case/9835/

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    missing 5 years now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rle7 View Post
    bump...

    missing 5 years now
    It is amazing that it has been this long. I am sure not for her family as they must grieve every single day. I still believe Derrick Todd Lee could have been the culprit in this abduction and murder.

    In addition to the source info you posted he was known to travel to Atlanta (that is where he was captured). From Baton Rouge the most likely avenue to Atlanta is I-10 to I-65 to I-85. He could have seen her going home from work and followed her as he would have been in the general direction. She also looks like several of his other victims.

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    Authorities Search Gravel Pit For Missing Woman’s Body
    February 1, 2009

    Authorities spent Saturday morning searching a gravel pit north of Atmore for the body of woman that went missing from her home almost five years ago. Searchers did not locate a body.

    The search centered around a water-filled gravel pit off Jack Springs Roads near the Judson Cemetary between Atmore and Poarch. Authorities were searching for the body of Melinda Wall McGhee who was reported missing from her residence on Kent Road on March 24, 2003. She was 31 at the time.

    Authorities said there was no strong evidence that there was a body buried on the property owned by the Poarch Creek Indians, but they were following up on a tip.

    “We have no concrete evidence that Mrs. McGhee’s body is here,” Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said. “But we are conducting a follow-up on an ongoing investigation.”

    Cadaver dogs from Florida and Alabama were used in the search, along with sonar equipment from the North Baldwin Search and Rescue Squad. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and several Alabama agencies participated in the search.

    Anyone with information on McGhee’s disappearance is asked to call the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Department at (251) 809-0741.

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    Must have been a strong tip due to the amount of resources used in the search and, after all this time. I would love to know who gave the tip.

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    A Six-Year Old Missing Person Mystery

    Six years ago this morning, something went terribly wrong at a home on Kent Road north of Atmore. Melinda Wall McGhee, then 31, returned to her home about 8 a.m. after working the night shift as a nurse at a Bay Minette nursing home.
    Her husband, Troy McGhee, was at work at Masland Carpets in Atmore. Their two children were at a babysitter, and Troy’s son from a previous relationship was at a dentist’s office. At about 8:30 the morning of March 24, 2003, Melinda McGhee spoke to her mother on the phone. It was the last time anyone known to Melinda would ever hear from her.

    http://www.northescambia.com/?p=7132

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    They never found young mother's body, but now Melinda McGhee is officially dead

    http://blog.al.com/live/2010/08/they...r_body_bu.html

    Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 6:28 PM
    By Press-Register staff Press-Register

    ATMORE, Alabama -- Melinda Wall McGhee's body has never been found since the 31-year-old disappeared March 24, 2003.

    Nonetheless, authorities recently issued a death certificate for the mother of two sons, the Atmore Advance reports.

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    How sad - and scary. I also work the overnight shift and sleep - usually alone in the house - during the day. If her car was parked in a garage, it could very well have been a simple burglary gone tragically wrong.

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    Search Continues For Melinda Wall McGhee, Missing For Nine Years

    Nine years ago the morning of March 24, something went terribly wrong at a home on Kent Road north of Atmore. Melinda Wall McGhee, then 31, returned to her home about 8 a.m. after working the night shift as a nurse at a Bay Minette nursing home.

    Her husband, Troy McGhee, was at work at Masland Carpets in Atmore. Their two children were at a babysitter, and Troy’s son from a previous relationship was at a dentist’s office. At about 8:30 the morning of March 24, 2003, Melinda McGhee spoke to her mother on the phone. It was the last time anyone known to Melinda would ever hear from her.

    More: http://www.northescambia.com/2012/03...for-nine-years


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    My first thought was that it was someone that not only knew when her work shift ended, but also that her kids were at the sitters, her stepson was at the dentist and her husband was still at work.

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    also, this is eerily similar to Tara Grinstead's story.....

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    Authorities Search Septic Tank For Body Of Woman Missing For 9 Years

    Alabama authorities continued their search Wednesday for Melinda Wall McGhee, an Atmore area woman that has been missing for over nine years.

    The Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Department used cadaver dogs to search a septic tank on Ewing Farm Road about five miles northwest of Atmore and just a short distance from the Kent Road home at which McGhee was last seen in 2003.

    “We searched at an old home place that we had never searched before after getting a tip,” Escambia County (Ala.) Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said.

    After pumping the septic tank, Lambert said nothing suspicious was found.

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    Missing For 10 Years: Search Continues For Melinda Wall McGhee

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