Reward Offered For Information Regarding 1989 Woburn Unsolved Case
Reward offered for information in case of missing 15 year old, Melanie Melanson
Melanson Disappeared Five Days Before Her 15th Birthday After Party In Woods With Group Of Friends
WOBURN – A reward is being offered for information leading to the discovery of the body of Melanie Melanson, a girl who disappeared five days before her 15th birthday after a party in the woods with a group of friends, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, the Woburn Police Department, and members of Melanie's family announced today.
At a press conference held at the location in Woburn where Melanie was last seen, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, Woburn Police, and the family of Melanson announced the $5000 reward that is now being offered for information that leads to the discovery of her body.
“Nearly 20 years ago, Melanie Melanson went into these woods behind me with a group of friends,” District Attorney Leone said. “She was never seen again. We are asking the public’s help in finding Melanie as part of our continuing efforts to determine the circumstances of her death.
“No information at this stage is insignificant,” Leone added. “There were people who were with Melanie at the time, as well as people who have been told information since her disappearance. We ask them to come forward to help us solve this sad mystery that Melanie’s family has had to live with for the last 20 years.”
“It has been nearly 20 years since we lost Melanie,” Maryann Masciulli, Melanie’s aunt, said. “We are asking anyone with information to examine their conscience and please step forward so that we can give Melanie the burial that she deserves.”
According to authorities, on the evening of October 27, 1989, 14-year-old Melanie Melanson, a freshman at Woburn High School, was in a set of woods near the Woburn/Stoneham line at a party with a group of friends. In the early morning hours, Melanie remained with a group of five other friends. That was the last time that Melanie was ever seen or heard from again.
In the ensuing days and months, family members, friends, and local law enforcement conducted extensive searches to find Melanie. That search included the use of cadaver dogs, dive teams in local waters, and repeated ground searches by local police. She was never located.
The District Attorney’s Office and Woburn Police are presently conducting an active investigation and following new leads that have been developed. The reward and request for the public’s help is part of those continuing efforts to develop further evidence regarding Melanie’s whereabouts and the circumstances of her death.
Members of the public with information that they believe would be helpful to the investigation can contact the Woburn Police Department at 781-933-1212 x853 or State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at 781-897-6650.
The $5000 reward money is being offered by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation which is committed to raising awareness to the issue of missing persons who have gone missing under suspicious circumstances. (www.carolesundfoundation.com)