Debra Marie Melo

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Above Images: Debra, circa 2000


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 20, 2000 from Weymouth, Massachusetts
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 17, 1969
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 114 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Debra has a rose with the name "Louie" tattooed on her right shoulder. Her nickname is Debbie. Some agencies spell Debra's name "Deborah."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white shirt, a blue sundress with white flowers, a diamond ring, and a ring with the name "Debra" on her index finger.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Debra was last seen in Weymouth, Massachusetts between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on June 20, 2000. Her husband, Luis Melo, claims they got into an argument while he was driving and she demanded to be let out of the car Route 18, south of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. She has never been heard from again. Luis says he drove a couple of miles down the road, then came back about twenty minutes later to the site where he dropped her off, but Debra was gone.

    Luis did not report Debra missing for one to three days (accounts differ). Her family says they had a troubled relationship and Debra had gotten an emergency restraining order against him in 1996, stating in court documents that Luis had threatened to harm himself or her or both of them if she tried to leave him. The order was lifted after only two weeks, however. Debra and Luis had been married for fourteen years by 2000, and she was reportedly considering divorce at the time of her disappearance.

    Luis failed a lie detector test about Debra's disappearance. Police have not called him a suspect in Debra's case, but they have publicly wondered why he does not take a more active role in looking for her. Luis has not participated in any searches for Debra. Investigators state that his behavior and attitude is not consistent with that of a grieving husband. He has not been charged in connection with her case, however, and police could not find any evidence as to her fate in his car. Luis maintains his innocence in Debra's disappearance and stated he believed she was still alive. He was later convicted of assaulting his girlfriend and sentenced to probation. He has since remarried.

    Debra's family states that she was a devoted mother and it would be uncharacteristic for her for willingly abandon her two children. They believe she is deceased. Debra and Luis managed a Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Braintee, Massachusetts in 2000. Her disappearance is considered suspicious and her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Massachusetts State Police


    Source Information
    The Taunton Gazette
    The Enterprise
    South Coast Today
    The Boston Channel
    Unsolved in the News


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 27, 2012; picture added.

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