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Case File 1126DFGA

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Shannon Denise Melendi
Missing since March 26, 1994 from Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.
Classification: Endangered Missing


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Circumstances of Disappearance
Emory University student Shannon Melendi disappeared from the Softball Country Club in Atlanta, GA on March 26, 1994. She worked part-time as a scorekeeper there. She took a lunch break and was never seen again. Police found her car parked at a nearby Citgo gas station unlocked, with the keys in the ignition. Foul play is suspected.
One man has been the key suspect throughout the investigation: Colvin "Butch" Hinton. He worked at the ball park as an umpire and was reportedly seen with Melendi before she disappeared. Police named Hinton as a suspect when they discovered he had served a two year sentence for kidnapping and molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1982. He has a history of assaulting women that dates back to the 70's.

In August 2004, Hinton was charged with Melendi's abduction and murder. He was convicted in September 2005.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
404-298-8145

NCIC Number: M-722251430
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
America's Most Wanted
The Emory Wheel


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