Melody Ann Jones

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Above Images: Melody, circa 1983

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 4, 1983 from Earlsboro, Oklahoma
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11, 135 - 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American female. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Melody's maiden name is Garton and she may use the name Melody Garton Jones. She wears eyeglasses with plastic frames, which she left behind when she disappeared. She would be legally blind without her glasses. Melody's shoe size is 5 1/2. She kept her fingernails short in 1983 and often painted them. Her ears are pierced and her hair is extremely curly.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Unknown, but she often wears blue jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Melody was last seen in Earlsboro, Oklahoma on May 4, 1983. She spent the day fishing with her family. Her younger brother gave her a ride to her home on Benson Park Road and dropped her off. Her brother noticed the door was ajar and lights were on inside the home as Melody went inside. She has never been heard from again.

    The following morning, after Melody failed to show up for work at the Dairy Queen in Seminole, Oklahoma, her mother went to the Jones home to check on her. Melody's husband of two years, 20-year-old Paul Richard Jones, was found stabbed to death inside the residence. A photograph of Paul is posted below this case summary. He had been killed in the bedroom sometime during the night. All of Melody's belongings, including her purse and eyeglasses, were still there, the contents of her purse were dumped on the floor and the couple's car was parked in the driveway. There was no sign of forced entry, and no indications that a robbery or a domestic dispute had occurred.

    An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of Melody. Her family believes she was abducted by whoever murdered Paul, and police agree that this is the likely scenario. She was acting normally prior to her disappearance and there were no apparent problems in her marriage. Paul's murder was never solved and no suspects have ever been identified in his death or Melody's presumed kidnapping.

    Paul Jones
    Above: Paul Richard Jones

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office
    405-275-2526

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The News Star
    News 9 Oklahoma
    NamUs
    The Oklahoman

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 3, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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