Melissa Sue Flores

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Above Images: Flores, circa 2007

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 26, 2007 from Cordell, Oklahoma
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 21, 1979
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 110 - 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Flores has a tattoo of a dragonfly on her lower back and a birthmark on her right thumb.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black shirt, jeans, black boots and a silver bracelet.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Flores was last seen in Cordell, Oklahoma on January 26, 2007. She was at the south Glenn Street house of her estranged boyfriend, Ronnie Dean Denny Jr., at the time. She called her sister-in-law at 8:00 a.m. to say she was on her way to pick up her three children. She never arrived and has never been heard from again. She's described as a devoted parent and it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.

    Flores left her car behind at Denny's home with her purse, cellular phone and makeup inside it. He was subsequently arrested on drug and weapons charges and received a suspended sentence. He has not faced any charges in connection with Flores's case, but he is considered to be a person of interest in her disappearance. He is the father of her youngest child. About six months before she went missing, Flores asked for an order of protection against Denny. She stated he had threatened to shoot her in the face. A week later, however, she asked for the order to be dismissed.

    Jason Canterberry, a childhood friend of Denny, stated Denny told him he had murdered Flores. Denny allegedly stated he and Flores got into an argument and he shot her twice with a rifle, and she died in his arms. Supposedly, another man was present at the time of the shooting and this individual called his brother to help clean up the crime scene. Canterberry testified about Denny's alleged confession before a grand jury. Denny denied having ever made such a confession and characterized Canterberry as a drug addict. He maintains his innocence in Flores's disappearance. A photo of Denny is posted below this case summary. He was arrested in Texas in June 2014 and charged with Flores's murder. Authorities believe he shot her to death, as was stated in the confession, with a 9mm rifle.

    Denny was convicted of first-degree murder in September 2015 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Although her body has never been found, foul play is suspected in Flores's case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Above: Ronnie Denny

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
    580-832-3424

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    Source Information
    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Oklahoman
    Court TV
    NamUs
    Project Jason
    The Cordell Beacon
    The Clinton Daily News

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 12, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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