Cold Case Spotlight


Melanie Melanson was last seen more than 25 year ago, just days before her 15th birthday, with a group of friends in the woods in Woburn, Massachusetts.

“No information at this stage is insignificant,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said at a press conference in 2009. “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 painful mystery.”

According to authorities, Melanson, then a freshman at Woburn High School, was at a party with a group of friends the evening of October 27th, 1989. However, Melanie never returned home. The wooded area where the young teen was last seen has been searched extensively, but officials have been unable to gather enough evidence to charge anyone in the case, according to NBC affiliate NECN.

Although more than two decades have passed without any solid answers to what happened to Melanie that night, investigators said the case is still ongoing. Melanie’s family has also been working with a private investigator to see if any answers can be found.

“I won’t stop until I die or we find her,” Michael Garrigan, a private investigator working with the Melanson family, told the Boston Globe in 2012.

There is a $5,000 reward offered by local law enforcement agencies for information in the case. If you have any information that could help crack this cold case, please call the Woburn Police Department at (781) 933-1212.