Flashback Friday: Melody Jones

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Melody Ann Jones, missing since May 4, 1983 from the tiny town of Earlsboro in central Oklahoma. She was nineteen years old. Melody is of Native American descent and has very poor eyesight; without her glasses, she’d be legally blind.

On the morning of May 5, after Melody didn’t show up for work, her mom went to her house to check on her. She found Paul, Melody’s husband of two years, dead inside. He’d been stabbed twice: once in the chest, once in the neck. It was just days before his 21st birthday. Melody was missing but all her belongings, including her glasses, were left behind. There were no signs of forced entry and no signs of a struggle, although the contents of Melody’s purse had been dumped on the floor.

The police don’t believe Melody committed the murder; rather, they think she was abducted by whoever killed her husband. Given the circumstances, it’s unlikely that she’s still alive today. But if she is, she would be 40 or 41.