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#1 Denise

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:41 AM

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Atmore Buzzing Over Missing Woman's Case

By Diana Lucio Reporter
Published: Feb 01 2008 - 10:48 pm
Last Updated: Feb 02 2008 - 12:09 am

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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.

The Sheriff's Office says a tip lead them to a vacant lot on Jack Road in Escambia County Alabama, it's off Atmosphere Road. Authorities,including the Sheriff's Office, a local volunteer fire department and the FBI searched two septic tanks there, but McGhee's body wasn't found.

"There's no indication at all that she or any other person was in the septic tanks and we looked in to the old one and a new system and pumped them out completely got down in the tanks, sifted through them, "said Sheriff Grover Smith with the Escambia County Alabama Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Smith adds while there have been numerous suspects throughout this investigation, no arrests have been made.

If you have any information call the Escambia County Alabama Sheriff's Office at 251-867-0304.



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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:45 AM

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Melinda Wall McGhee

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.
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Left: Derrick Todd Lee;
Right: Jeremy Jones

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
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The Atmore Advance
The Crime Library
MySpace Page for Melinda McGhee



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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:48 AM

http://www.atmoreadv...ws/breaking.txt

Sheriff: 'We did not find a body'

Escambia County sheriff Grover Smith put to rest numerous rumors that the body of Melinda McGhee, who has been missing nearly five years, was found on a dirt road near the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation.

"We had information that Melinda McGhee might be in a septic tank off Atmosphere Road behind an abandoned house," Smith said Friday afternoon. "So we had a crew show up to the site this morning including FBI agents, some officers who worked a similar detail with Bay Minette Police Department and several of my deputies and the county sent a backhoe out there and we dug up two septic tanks and completely emptied both of them. We did not find a body and there was no indication that she was ever there."

According to one rumor, an inmate at the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton offered up the information leading deputies to the site where the ruins of a burned home on Jack Road just off Atmosphere Road.

"The tip came about by some information, but it wasn't an inmate at the jail," Smith said. "It was a result of several interviews that led to this person being interviewed. That's how it came about."

Smith said two septic tanks, a "new" one and an "old" one, were dug up and drained at a burned down home off Jacks Road, but nothing was discovered.

Anyone with information about Melinda McGhee's disappearance is asked to contact the Escambia County Sheriff's Department at 251-809-2141.

For more from Smith and additional information, read Sunday's Atmore Advance.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:58 PM

Today marks 5 years since  Melinda McGhee disappeared. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her family.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 02:11 PM

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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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Posted 01 February 2009 - 02:13 PM

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Sheriff's searching for body of Melinda McGhee

February 1, 2009

Law enforcement agents began searching the gravel pit behind Judson’s Cemetery off of Jack Springs Rd. Saturday morning for the body of Melinda Wall McGhee.

The Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s office searched the gravel pit after receiving a tip that McGhee’s body could be buried there.

Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said his office did receive information, but do not have proof that McGhee’s body is there.

“We have no concrete evidence that Mrs. McGhee’s body is here,” Smith said. “But, we are conducting a follow-up on an ongoing investigation and looking at an area in the Poarch Community.”

McGhee has been missing since March 24, 2003 when her husband returned home and could not find her at their home on Kent Rd.

Smith said the information did warrant an extensive search of the gravel pit.

“We never want to leave any stone uncovered,” Smith said. “This has been an ongoing investigation, and we’ve followed up on many leads. And this is another lead we are following up on.”

In addition to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Poarch Police Department, the North Baldwin Search and Rescue Squad, the Escambia County (Ala.) Rescue Squad, the Escambia County (Ala.) Search Dog Association and officers with the Alabama Wildlife & Fisheries Division aided in the search.

For more information or if you have any information significant to the case contact investigators with the sheriff’s office at 251-809-0741.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 06:05 AM

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Authorities Search Area Near AL/FL Line For Missing Woman’s Body
March 7, 2009

Alabama authorities continued their search Friday for Melinda Wall McGhee, the Atmore area woman that has been missing for five years.

Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Department officials spent part of Friday searching an area off Perry Lane in Wawbeek for clues in McGhee’s disappearance. Perry Lane is about a mile north of Highway 31 off Sardis Church Road near Old Atmore Road. The location is about three miles north of the Florida/Alabama line and North Escambia.

On the last day of January, authorities searched a water-filled gravel pit off Jack Springs Roads near the Judson Cemetery between Atmore and Poarch, but they did not locate a body.

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 that they follow up on leads and recheck some locations involved in the case.

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

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:07 AM

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A Six-Year Old Missing Person Mystery


March 24, 2009

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.

At about 4:00 that afternoon, husband Troy came home to find Melinda missing. There was blood and evidence of a violent struggle inside the home. He reported his wife missing.

Melinda’s vehicle was found parked near the house with her keys locked inside. Her purse and cellular phone were inside the residence. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

Over the years, there have been several searches for Melinda’s body or clues into the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

As recently as early March, authorities searched an area off Perry Lane in Wawbeek for clues in Melinda’s disappearance. Perry Lane is about a mile north of Highway 31 off Sardis Church Road near Old Atmore Road. The location is about three miles north of the Florida/Alabama line and North Escambia.

On the last day of January, authorities searched a water-filled gravel pit off Jack Springs Roads near the Judson Cemetery between Atmore and Poarch, but they did not locate a body.

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



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Posted 20 February 2010 - 08:24 PM

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

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

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

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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.

McGhee's disappearance left friends and neighbors stunned and fearful, family members devastated. McGhee was a nursing student close to graduating and had been working as a licensed practical nurse at prisons in the area as well as at a nursing home in Bay Minette.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:02 PM

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Thursday, July 26 2012, 08:34 AM CDT

Authorities resumed their search for a missing Atmore woman after her disappearance nine years ago.

Alabama Escambia County deputies searched Wednesday for Melinda McGhee's body in a septic tank on Ewing Farm Rd.

Just a short distance from the Kent Rd. home she went missing from in 2003.

Chief Deputy, Mike Lamber, says they made the search after receiving a tip and it was a location they never searched before.

Lambert says after pumping the septic tank nothing suspicious was found.

Anyone with information on McGhee's disappearance is asked to call the Alabama Escambia County Sheriff's Department at 251-809-0741.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:24 PM

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Melinda McGhee: a decade missing

Updated: Sunday, 24 Mar 2013, 6:27 PM CDT
Published : Sunday, 24 Mar 2013, 6:23 PM CDT

By Matt Barrentine

ATMORE, Ala. (WALA) - On the morning of March 24, 2003 Melinda Wall McGhee came home from working the night shift; she spoke to her mom on the phone, then was never heard from again.

Her husband, Troy McGhee, came home from work that afternoon to the scene of a bloody struggle, but Melinda wasn't there, and no one has ever figured out exactly what happened to her.

A decade later

McGhee's disappearance left two children without a mother and a family that is still clinging to hope one decade later.

Pastor J.T. Guyton said, "There's a family that 10 years later is just empty inside because they have no answer to the questions that they have."

Pastor Guyton, a family friend, is hoping to keep Melinda's memory alive. Even now, even after a decade of frustration, he still wants answers and closure for Melinda's family.

"Just keep it in the public's eye," Pastor Guyton told us. "Keep reminding people that she's somewhere out there."

Cold case, no leads

Every lead in Melinda's disappearance has gone cold.

Several searches for her body have turned up nothing. Pastor Guyton said someone out there knows something, and any piece of information could crack this case.

"I would ask anybody just to try and remember what if this was your family what if this was your daughter your wife or your mom," he said.

"It doesn't matter how small it may be anything that law enforcement may be able to go on. "

Investigators and the family will hold a press conference Monday morning in Atmore. Fox10 News will be there.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

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10 years later – still missing. Press conference held for Melinda McGhee

By Sherry Digmon

March 27, 2013 

The tenth anniversary of the disappearance of Melinda Wall McGhee was marked Monday, March 20, at a press conference held at the Poarch Creek Family Life Center. “It was ten years ago yesterday, the first day of Spring break,” Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said. “We wanted to call this conference to draw attention to the fact that Melinda is still not with us and there is still no one in prison for taking her away.”

At the request of Sheriff Smith, the Reverend Don Davis with Atmore First Assembly of God prayed before Smith updated everyone on the status of the investigation. Rev. Davis prayed for the family and for those still conducting the investigation.

Smith renewed law enforcement’s commitment to bringing closure for the family and bringing the guilty party to justice.

“We will never stop until we locate Melinda and bring her home,” he said. “We will never stop until we find the person responsible and successfully prosecute the one who took her away from us.”

Melinda’s mother Ouida Wall and sister Melissa Wall Wooten were present but chose not to speak. Instead a prepared statement was read by Smith.

“The family wishes to express our appreciation to those in law enforcement who continue to search for justice for Melinda. It is a daily battle that is more acute at the holidays, birthdays and this anniversary. If you have information, please call law enforcement. Pray for our family.”

Mrs. Wall and Mrs. Wooten wiped tears as the statement was read.

“Melinda was last seen at 7 a.m. on that fateful Monday, March 24, 2003, ten years ago, when she stopped at a local convenience store after having worked the night shift at Oakwood Nursing Home in Bay Minette,” Smith said. “It was the first day of spring break, just as we have today.

“Since that time until this very day, Escambia County deputies and investigators have continued working this incident. Let me say without question, this is not a cold case. It is an active investigation. Investigators have pursued literally hundreds of leads since this occurrence and we are committed to our pursuit of justice not only for the victim, but for the family members. This horrific event impacted not only the immediate and extended family of Melinda Wall McGhee, but has affected our entire community since the day it occurred.”

Smith introduced Tommy Calhoun, lead investigator on the case and former Mobile cold case detective.

“It is all about Melinda,” Calhoun said. “This is a team effort. No one individual can do this alone. We are going to keep on keeping on.

“We have several individuals we are highly interested in. One is in the penitentiary and others are out in the world. We are reviewing the whole case. We have entered Melinda’s dental records in a national data base. We are using the latest technology.”

Smith said that the state is offering a $10,000 reward and the family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individual responsible.

“To whoever is responsible, we will never rest. Every time you hear a footstep behind you or a noise in the night, it might be us,” Smith said. “We will never forget. Nothing will stop us from doing what we have to do to find out what happened and bring Melinda home.”

Law enforcement personnel stood with Sheriff Smith on the stage – Atmore Public Safety Director Glenn Carlee, Atmore Police Chief Jason Dean, Escambia County Sheriff’s Investigator Matt Hammon, PCI Police Chief Larry Hammonds, Escambia County Deputy Janet Richburg, PCI Officer and Task Force Office Dale Lisenby, ECSO Deputy Greg Forbes, Lead Investigator Tommy Calhoun, Tribal Council Secretary David Gehman, PCI officers Steve Griffis and Lucas Gibson.

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