Fourteen-year-old Melanie Jo Melanson was last seen at a party at an industrial park in Woburn, Massachusetts, located near the Woburn\Stoneham line about a mile from her residence on the evening of October 27, 1989.
She was last known to be in the company of two male acquaintances who each told conflicting stories after her disappearance, each claiming that the other person was the last person to see Melanie; one said that he last saw Melanie standing at the head of the trail in the early morning hours of October 28, 1989.
Melanie didn't take any personal belongings or extra clothing with her when she vanished. Police originally thought she had run away to Florida. In the past, she had run away before, but always got in touch with her family to let them know she was okay. Her family says that she was happy with her life at the time of her disappearance and wouldn't have run away. She was looking forward to her upcoming birthday and getting her braces removed.
Melanie was a freshman at Woburn High School at the time of her disappearance and was looking forward to an upcoming transfer to Northeast Vocational High School. Her parents had issues with alcohol, so she was raised by her grandmother and aunts. Her grandmother has since died.
In August of 1992, an anonymous telephone caller told police to look for Melanie's body in an area pond. Investigators did search the pond, but found no evidence connected to her case. Police believe that she was the victim of foul play and is still in the general area. As of 2020, her case remains unsolved.
Melanie is described as a Caucasian female with blonde hair and blue eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she had a height of 5'3, weighed 105 pounds and wore braces on her teeth. It's unknown what she was wearing when she disappeared.