IL IL - Rachel Mellon Skemp, 13, Bolingbrook, 31 Jan 1996

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  1. Juliana

    Juliana New Member

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    I ran across a reference to this missing child and it is really pulling at my heartstrings. What happened to this beautiful 13 year old girl who was obviously loved by so many people, and vanished into thin area (if her stepfather's story is to be believed).

    Rachel Mellon Skemp

    http://www.angelfire.com/mi3/mpccn/mellon.html

    imo
     
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  3. emma l

    emma l UK GIRL

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    Rachel mellon who has been missing almost 9 years had a birthday October 13th- but I was ill and forgot to bump her.

    Please go to Rachels website and think about this child for a moment. She is loved and missed.

    www.rachelfind.com

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL :HappyBday :HappyBday :HappyBday :HappyBday
     
  4. emma l

    emma l UK GIRL

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    Bumping for Rachel....................... :)
     
  5. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Investigators may have ruled out a link between human bones found on Chicago's South Side and two high-profile missing children cases.

    Also, teeth recovered with the remains do not match the dental records of Rachel Mellon, another victim of an unsolved investigation.

    DNA tests still need to be completed for further information.
    http://www.nbc5.com/news/4455548/detail.html
     
  6. Mr. E

    Mr. E New Member

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    I don't understand the following:
    Does that mean she ran away, returned home, but lived with friends for a year? Why? Did it have anything to do with this:
    Stepdad sounds suspicious to me.
     
  7. Bobbisangel

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    The wording of that article is confusing but I think that they mean that a year before she disappeared in 1996 she ran away and stayed with a friend but came back home shortly after she ran away. That is what I got after reading it several times.

    I notice that the police don't think that the stepdad checked on Rachel after he came back from walking the dog. He says he DID check on her though BUT her disappearance wasn't phoned in until 5:00 and he walked the dog in the afternoon???? If he checked on Rachel and noticed that she wasn't in her bed or in the house...that she was missing why didn't he call LE then? Why wait until the mom and other family members arrived home at 5:00 and they noticed that she was gone...then make the call???

    The stepdad said that Rachel had on sweatpants...shirt...slippers when she took a nap in the afternoon and that she was home sick from school. He also says that she didn't take a coat, shoes, socks when/if she left and it was
    freezing outside. I can't imagine anyone leaving home without taking a coat and shoes/socks when it is freezing outside. If Rachel decided to split when the stepdad took the dog for a walk you would think she would have grabbed her heavy coat and warm shoes/socks. If she had just been waiting for him to leave she would have been up the second he got down the street and probably would have had her stuff ready to go before hand. Someone must have taken Rachel from the house without her permission. She's been gone way to long to have left on her own and never look back...I would think anyway unless she would have been running from someone that might have been abusing her and she felt that she could never go back. Probably not though....where would she go? I hope this case gets solved someday. Rachel deserves justice and her probable killer deserves to be in prison no matter who he is.
     
  8. PonderingThings

    PonderingThings Former member

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  10. mjak

    mjak Active Member

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    This memorial service leaves me with a very bad feeling. I am not a parent but I can not imagine I would ever have a memorial service for a child of mine if there was any chance this child was alive. I would have vigils, fundraisers and numerous other gatherings but not "a memorial to say goodbye". I could never ever say goodbye without a body or difinitive dna evidence. I understand the need for a family to go on and desire an ending to this nightmare . I just don't see how a parent can say goodbye under these cirucmstances. I should not pass judgment on these parents. However, with the suspicion sourrounding the father I feel my feelings about this memorial have merit.

    mjak
     
  11. PonderingThings

    PonderingThings Former member

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    mjak I had the same "impression" as you.... perhaps its not really a "goodbye" even though that's how the article was worded, as much as it is a "till we find you"?
     
  12. mjak

    mjak Active Member

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    The titel of the article is "Family Says Goodbye To Girl Who Disappeared".
    The photos look like the set up for a memorial service for someone who has died.
    It would appear the parents intentions were to say good bye.

    mjak
     
  13. mistagee

    mistagee Member

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    Its so obvious that the stepfather killed her, I cant believe this case hasnt been solved!!!!
     
  14. meggilyweggily

    meggilyweggily New Member

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    There's no suspicion of Rachel's father -- he was in Texas when Rachel disappeared. It's her STEPfather who's considered a possible suspect.
     
  15. mjak

    mjak Active Member

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    Thank you for pointing this out to me. Someone else also pointed it
    out to me also. I did have it confused in my head. That does make it less
    uncomfortable for me.

    mjak
     
  16. Bobbisangel

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    Why would the mother and stepfather move from the area in the same year that the daughter went missing. I can't imagine moving...what if my daughter tried to contact me or came home? Kind of like Scott Peterson selling Laci's vehicle and trying to sell the house furnished....he knew she wasn't coming back. The mother must not suspect the stepfather but my money would be on him. He failed a lie detector test???? There had been problems in the home before and the daughter had run away before...I wonder why? I hope that whoever did something to this young girl is found out and severly punished. It sounds like LE isn't giving up on finding out what happened to her.
     
  17. gidget641

    gidget641 Trust me I am not a people person

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    Hoping to bring Rachel home
    Investigator offers reward in missing teen case
    By Christy Gutowski
    Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer

    Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    Rachel Marie Mellon vanished more than 10 years ago.
    Although the 13-year-old Bolingbrook girl’s body was never found, police are all but certain the seventh-grader was murdered Jan. 31, 1996, after she stayed home from school with a sore throat.
    A private detective with an interest in the case is hoping a $30,000 reward will generate new leads to finally bring Rachel home and nab her killer.
    James J. Miller, who owns a Chicago-based agency, said he’s long followed Rachel’s disappearance and wanted to help. He lives in Woodridge.
    “We have an indication that now is the perfect time to see if someone will come forward with information,” he said.

    Police still cling to their long-held theory that Rachel’s stepfather knows something, but despite numerous interviews, lie detector tests, saliva and DNA samples, phone taps and the convening of a Will County grand jury, he has never been charged with any wrongdoing.

    The stepfather, Vincent Mellon, now 39, maintains his innocence. In unrelated cases, though, Mellon faces jail time when he’s re-sentenced Aug. 28 for two misdemeanor domestic battery charges in Will County. He also faces a Sept. 12 trial for a DUI.

    Mellon was the last person to see Rachel alive. He told police the two spent the morning playing video games. As Rachel napped, Mellon said, he ventured into near-20-below zero temperatures to walk their dog, Duke. The stepfather said he returned 30 minutes later.

    The family didn’t notice that Rachel was missing until that evening. Police found no signs of forced entry. Only a blue blanket and two pillows were missing. Rachel’s coat, shoes and her purse weren’t taken

    more at link Daily herald
     
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    Is her mother still married to the stepfather?
     
  19. gidget641

    gidget641 Trust me I am not a people person

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    I am not sure if they are still married or not. I was able to find that in 2003 they were still together. But nothing after that. I will keep looking.
     
  20. Bobbisangel

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    In the article I just read it doesn't sound like they are together. I don't have a doubt in my mind that he murdered that little girl. The domestic abuse was him hitting or abusing one of the children in the family and then he was jailed again later on for doing it again. That shows me that he was abusive to the children in the family. He is now serving 200 days in jail for violating his probation. He was not supposed to be around one of the children and it sounds like he went around the child anyway. He was also supposed to complete alcohol treatment and he didn't and he was supposed to complete some classes for domestic abuse and he didn't. His attorney tried to get the judge to give him more time to get his treatment and classes done but the judge said he had had plenty of time to complete his court ordered treatment and classes and he didn't so off to jail he goes.

    This guy sounds like a real loser. The police believe he murdered Rachel but they just can't get the evidence to prove it. When Rachel disappeared there was only a blanket and pillow that were missing. He shoes, socks, coat and purse were left behind. I can understand why a blanket would be missing but why a pillow? He did it and I hope and pray that LE can in some way prove it. They have even had a grand jury but the guy wasn't endited.

    Just a thought...if he beat Rachel to death on the davenport or her bed and she was laying on the blanket and pillow maybe that is why they are missing. She might have bled on the blanket and pillow.
     
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