Vigil to mark missing girl's 35th birthday

Woburn, MA -

The family of Melanie Melanson will hold a candlelight vigil to commemorate what would have been her 35th birthday this Sunday, Nov. 1.

On Oct. 27, 1989, 14-year-old Melanson disappeared just five days before her 15th birthday after a party in the woods with a group of friends. Tomorrow marks 20 years since she was last reported seen.

Family and friends are sponsoring Sunday’s vigil, which is also open to members of the public who wish to participate and commemorate her life.

The vigil will be held in the parking lot of Woburn Memorial High School, 88 Montvale Ave., at 5 p.m.

According to authorities, 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 the day she was last seen. In the early morning hours, Melanie remained with a small group of friends. That was the last time that she 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 her. 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 conducting an active investigation and following new leads that have been developed. A reward of $5,000 has been offered for new information that leads to the discovery of her body. 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 $5,000 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.

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