The Doe Network:
Case File 483DFTN


Thelma Pauline Melton
Missing since September 25, 1981 from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
On September 25, 1981 Polly Melton was hiking Deep Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park together with two friends. On the hike back she walked ahead of the others and disappeared. She had hiked this trail for almost 20 years.

Prior to hiking, Polly had prepared sauce for the spaghetti she intended to cook for supper and had taken a short nap. If she took money, identification, or medicine with her, these items had been concealed from her friends. Polly was barred from driving that summer, so she had no car keys.

No one in Polly's family could believe she would leave of her own free will and fear she met with foul play.

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

National Park Service

Agency Case Number: 81-3356

Source Information:
Smoky Mountain Disappearances
NamUs MP #14284
"Unsolved Disappearances in the Great Smoky Mountains", by Juanitta Baldwin. 2001

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