MA DEBRA MELO: Missing from Weymouth, MA - 20 June 2000 - Age 30

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Group marks 14th anniversary of disappearance of Taunton's Debbie Melo

Woman's sister says she feels 'cheated' and that authorities haven't kept up with case



Charles Winokoor
Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter Follow @@cwinokoor

Posted Jun. 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM
Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

TAUNTON — Patricia White doesn’t kid herself. She says the odds of her sister, Debbie Melo, being alive after going missing for 14 years are slim to none.
But she and her supporters don’t want law enforcement to give up investigating and searching for clues as to how the 30-year-old Taunton woman could disappear without a trace on the afternoon of June 20, 2000.
“I pray all the time,” White said. “I just want them to find her to bring us some peace.”
White was among a group of 10 women who held signs on and near the busy Taunton Green on Friday afternoon, reminding passers-by about the unsolved case.
Formerly Debra Whalley, Melo has not been seen since her husband, Luis Melo, told police she got out of his car on Route 18 in Weymouth after the two had an argument.
Luis Melo, who has never been charged in connection with his former wife’s disappearance, told local police he drove more than a mile before circling back to where he’d dropped off her off, which he said was close to the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station.
He reportedly waited at least 24 hours before contacting authorities about the incident and has never participated in searches or attended memorial ceremonies for the woman. He has since remarried.
The couple’s 14-year marriage has been described as stormy. Debbie Melo had taken out an emergency restraining order in 1996 against Luis Melo.
White, 42, said she’s extremely frustrated by what she says is a lack of consistency on the part of state police investigators assigned to both the Norfolk and Bristol county district attorneys' offices.
Despite the fact Bristol DA Samuel Sutter met with relatives of Debbie Melo in 2007, the year he took office, White says she’s heard little of substance since the time Sutter declared the case to have been reopened.
“That’s what’s so discouraging,” she said. “From the beginning, I’ve felt we haven’t gotten help (and) they’re constantly changing detectives.
“I feel alone on this case; I just feel cheated."
Lori Briggs of Berkley doesn’t accuse Luis Melo of killing the woman she once regarded as a best friend. But she has her suspicions.
“I feel he knows a lot more than he’s letting on,” she said.
As to any theory that Debbie Melo left the area to start a new life, White said it’s inconceivable her sister would abandon her son and daughter, who in 2000 were 9 and 13, respectively.
White insists her sister had a cellphone the day she disappeared, and she says the spot Luis Melo claims to have left her at the side of the road was near a Dunkin’ Donuts with a pay phone.

White said this is the third straight year she and her group held the vigil on Taunton Green. She says they used to spend half the day holding their signs on Route 18 in Weymouth and the latter half in Taunton.
Debbie Melo had brown hair, blue eyes, and was 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed about 110 pounds.
According to published reports, she also had a rose tattoo on her right shoulder with the name "Louie" underneath.
She was last seen wearing a blue sundress with white flowers and white shirt underneath.
She also had a diamond ring with the name “Debbie” that she wore on her index finger.
 

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Name: Debbie Marie Melo

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Date of Birth: 1969-10-17
Date Missing: 2000-06-20
From City/State: Weymouth, MA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 30
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 63 inches
Weight: 114 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Complexion: Medium

Identifying Characteristics: Tattoo of a "rose" on right shoulder with the name "Louie" underneath.
Clothing: Blue sundress with white flowers and white shirt underneath.
Jewelry: Diamond ring, ring with the name "Debbie" worn on index finger.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Debbie's husband indicated that he let her out of the vehicle on Rt. 18 in Weymouth, MA after an argument in the vehicle.

Investigative Agency: Massachusetts State Police
Phone: (781) 830-4800
 

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Mass. Woman's Disappearance Still Unsolved

2:14 AM PDT, June 28, 2005

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer

TAUNTON, Mass. -- A few faded yellow ribbons can still be found near Memorial Park, where Debbie Melo played as a child, and along the highway where she was last seen. And Melo's family still puts up missing posters with her picture, hoping that someone will remember seeing her and report the information to police.

But the family feels no closer to finding her than they did the day she disappeared: June 20, 2000.

"It's heart-wrenching knowing that we don't have anything to go on. We don't have any type of closure, nowhere to go visit when we are thinking of her. All we can do is say a prayer," said Patty DeMoura, Melo's younger sister.

Melo's husband, Luis Melo, has said he last saw his wife when she got out of their car after an argument. He says he left her on the side of Route 18, near the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, and drove away, and when he circled back a short time later she was gone.

As they searched for Debby Melo, her family became more and more suspicious of her husband. The couple had a stormy 14-year marriage, family members said.

Police labeled Melo's disappearance "suspicious," but have never identified Luis Melo as a suspect.

Still, says Weymouth Police Chief James Thomas, "There was an odd set of circumstances."

"First of all, it's difficult to believe that an argument in a car could escalate to such a pitch in such a short time that somebody would have to get out of the car -- that to me is odd -- and to go up the road a mile and then to turn around and have the person not be there, on a major roadway like Route 18 is odd too," Thomas said.

The couple married when they were teenagers, had two children and managed a Dunkin' Donuts in Braintree together.

They fought frequently, DeMoura said. Debbie Melo, who was 30 when she disappeared, had taken out a restraining order against her husband in 1996, but the couple remained together until her disappearance.

Three years after she vanished, Luis Melo pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges for shoving and hitting a girlfriend. A year later, the girlfriend took out a restraining order against him.

Luis Melo has "cut off all contact" between his wife's family and his children, Alyssa, now 18, and Luis Jr., now 15, said DeMoura.

"I've sent them cards, but they've been sent back to me," she said. "I've also lost a niece and nephew, and they were just as close as my children to me."

He hung up when a reporter called Friday seeking comment on the fifth anniversary of his wife's disappearance. In 2002, he told The Patriot Ledger that he did not know where his wife was.

"Life goes on," he said then. "I just want somebody to find her, so everything will be over."

Over the years, Melo's family hired a private detective, conducted numerous searches themselves and put up thousands of posters around southeastern Massachusetts. They've held vigils, fund-raisers and memorial Masses for her, offered a $5,000 reward and put her name and photo on missing-persons Web sites. In June 2001, her stepfather, Joseph Gagnon, was stabbed to death when he got into a fight with a man over Melo's disappearance.

"You think of it the first thing when you wake up in the morning, and you think of it before you go to bed at night," said Steve DeMoura, Debbie Melo's brother-in-law.


Confrontation over missing woman may lead to charges

By Terence J. Downing, Enterprise staff writer

TAUNTON  Tensions between the two families of a missing Taunton woman erupted Wednesday night into a confrontation that could lead to criminal charges, according to police.

The confrontation occurred on West Water Street between Luis Melo, 36, of 60 Baylies Road and Richard Whalley, 42, of 96 Old Colony Ave., in East Taunton.

Melo's wife, Debbie, mysteriously disappeared five years ago on June 20.

Whalley is Debbie Melo's brother and has been outspoken in his belief that Luis Melo is responsible for his sister's disappearance, although Luis Melo has never been charged with a crime.

Luis Melo and Whalley crossed paths while driving through Weir Village Wednesday night.

Melo was with his girlfriend, Samira DeOliveira, 23. Whalley was with his wife, Robin, 37.

Melo told police that Whalley had a knife, threatened to kill him and followed him.

Whalley denies the accusations and said Melo started the incident by yelling, swearing and making accusations at him.

There was no physical contact between the two men.

"I told Richard to turn around. I told him to let it go. He's not worth it," said Robin Whalley.

Whalley said she was frightened by Melo's behavior.

"I didn't know if he had a gun. He was screaming and yelling. I was shaking," she said.

"He said Richard had a knife and followed them. That's a lie. Richard had a cell phone," she said.

Robin Whalley said she and her husband were on their way to pick up a lawnmower.

Melo reported the incident to police and a few hours later Patrolman Peter MacDougall went to Whalley's home.

Police said they are investigating the case and it is possible criminal complaints could be filed against Whalley.

"The police said they were looking into it and that we would be summoned into court," said Robin Whalley.

She said it is not the first time Melo and her husband have had confrontations.

"We've had confrontations a few times," said Whalley.

The Whalley family, Debbie Melo's mother, Marilyn Gagnon, and her sister, Patti DeMoura, held a remembrance Mass on June 20 to mark the fifth anniversary of Debbie Melo's disappearance.

Luis Melo did not attend the Mass.

Police said Luis Melo was the last person to see Debbie Melo alive when he told them he let his 31-year-old wife out of the car on Route 18 in Weymouth after an argument. He did not report her missing for 24 hours.

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Debra Marie Melo

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 20, 2000 from Weymouth, Massachusetts
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 17, 1969
Age at time of disappearance: 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.

Details of Disappearance
Debra was last seen in Weymouth, Massachusetts between approximately 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 a 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 currently lives with his girlfriend; they have a child together. Luis was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend after Debra's disappearance and was sentenced to probation.

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.
 

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Debbie's Brother

Richard F. Whalley
August 16, 2008

In Boston, August 16, 2008, Richard F. Whalley husband of Robin A. (Prince) Whalley died suddenly at New England Medical Center in Boston at the age of 44. Born and educated in Taunton, Richard is the son Marilyn (Walczak) Gagnon. Richard was employed at Swank Co. in the shipping department, before that he worked for Towle Silver Co. and Reed & Barton Silver Co both in Taunton. Richard loved spending time with his family, fish and mowing lawns for his friends. He was the father of Justin, Brian, Richard Jr. and Heather Whalley all of East Taunton. Brother of Patricia Demoura of Taunton, Debbie Melo of Taunton and Steven Whalley of Taunton. Calling hours will be held at the O’Keefe-Wade Funeral Home, 70 Washington Street in Taunton Wed August 20th from 5-8 pm. A graveside Service will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Taunton Thursday at 11 am. In lieu of flowers donations in Richards’s memory may be made to his family.
 

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Stepfather of missing Taunton woman found dead

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By The Associated Press

Posted Jun. 29, 2001 at 12:01 AM
Updated Jan 12, 2011 at 6:35 AM

TAUNTON -- The stepfather of a missing Taunton woman was fatally stabbed in an argument behind a pool hall Wednesday night, police said.
Police have arrested Steven J. Camara, 36, on charges connected to the beating and stabbing death of Joseph Gagnon, 57, the stepfather of Deborah Melo, who has been missing since June 2000.
Camara was to be arraigned yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder in Taunton District Court, said Eddie Sirois, a spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney's office.
The two men had been drinking and then arguing behind C.B. Billiards in Taunton about Melo's disappearance, said Taunton Police Chief Raymond O'Berg. The argument turned into a brawl in which Camara was beaten, then returned for revenge and found Gagnon alone, according to O'Berg.
Officers who arrived on the scene found Gagnon dead, then searched the area and found Camara and an 84-inch lead pipe and a metal chair believed to be the murder weapons, according to Taunton police.
Melo's family members arrived at the scene just three hours after the slaying. The family was coming from a candlelight vigil for another missing person, teenage lifeguard Molly Bish of Warren.
According to the Enterprise of Brockton, the family, still wearing their "Remember Molly" and "Remember Debbie" buttons, watched as police secured the crime scene and searched for evidence.
Deborah Melo's disappearance is still considered a missing person's case. Her husband, Luis Melo, said they had an argument while traveling along Route 18 in Weymouth, and he dropped her off near Weymouth Naval Air Station. When he returned 20 minutes later, his wife was gone, Melo said.
Weymouth Police Capt. Jim Thomas said at the time there was no suspicion of foul play.
 

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Group marks 14th anniversary of disappearance of Taunton's Debbie Melo
Woman's sister says she feels 'cheated' and that authorities haven't kept up with case



By Charles Winokoor
Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter

Posted Jun. 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM
Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

TAUNTON — Patricia White doesn’t kid herself. She says the odds of her sister, Debbie Melo, being alive after going missing for 14 years are slim to none.
But she and her supporters don’t want law enforcement to give up investigating and searching for clues as to how the 30-year-old Taunton woman could disappear without a trace on the afternoon of June 20, 2000.
“I pray all the time,” White said. “I just want them to find her to bring us some peace.”
White was among a group of 10 women who held signs on and near the busy Taunton Green on Friday afternoon, reminding passers-by about the unsolved case.
Formerly Debra Whalley, Melo has not been seen since her husband, Luis Melo, told police she got out of his car on Route 18 in Weymouth after the two had an argument.
Luis Melo, who has never been charged in connection with his former wife’s disappearance, told local police he drove more than a mile before circling back to where he’d dropped off her off, which he said was close to the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station.
He reportedly waited at least 24 hours before contacting authorities about the incident and has never participated in searches or attended memorial ceremonies for the woman. He has since remarried.
The couple’s 14-year marriage has been described as stormy. Debbie Melo had taken out an emergency restraining order in 1996 against Luis Melo.
White, 42, said she’s extremely frustrated by what she says is a lack of consistency on the part of state police investigators assigned to both the Norfolk and Bristol county district attorneys' offices.
Despite the fact Bristol DA Samuel Sutter met with relatives of Debbie Melo in 2007, the year he took office, White says she’s heard little of substance since the time Sutter declared the case to have been reopened.
“That’s what’s so discouraging,” she said. “From the beginning, I’ve felt we haven’t gotten help (and) they’re constantly changing detectives.
“I feel alone on this case; I just feel cheated."
Lori Briggs of Berkley doesn’t accuse Luis Melo of killing the woman she once regarded as a best friend. But she has her suspicions.
“I feel he knows a lot more than he’s letting on,” she said.
As to any theory that Debbie Melo left the area to start a new life, White said it’s inconceivable her sister would abandon her son and daughter, who in 2000 were 9 and 13, respectively.
White insists her sister had a cellphone the day she disappeared, and she says the spot Luis Melo claims to have left her at the side of the road was near a Dunkin’ Donuts with a pay phone.

Page 2 of 2 - White said this is the third straight year she and her group held the vigil on Taunton Green. She says they used to spend half the day holding their signs on Route 18 in Weymouth and the latter half in Taunton.
Debbie Melo had brown hair, blue eyes, and was 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed about 110 pounds.
According to published reports, she also had a rose tattoo on her right shoulder with the name "Louie" underneath.
She was last seen wearing a blue sundress with white flowers and white shirt underneath.
She also had a diamond ring with the name “Debbie” that she wore on her index finger.
 

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Debra Marie Melo has been missing since June 20, 2000 from Weymouth, Massachusetts. Her husband claimed he let her out of the vehicle on Rt. 18 after an argument, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Luis Melo, who has never been charged in connection with Debra's disappearance, told local police he drove more than a mile before returning to where he’d left her, which he said was close to the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. He reportedly waited at least 24 hours before contacting authorities about the incident and has never participated in searches or attended memorial ceremonies for her. He has since remarried. Debbie's sister insists Debra had a cellphone the day she disappeared, and the spot Luis Melo claims to have left her was near a Dunkin’ Donuts with a pay phone. Debra Melo had a son and daughter who were 9 and 13 years old.



Weymouth, Massachusetts on busy Rt. 18, 1/2 mile from the entrance to the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. This is the area where Luis Melo claims he left Debra.




The Dunkin' Donuts in Weymouth on the corner of Route 18 and Park Avenue is near where Luis Melo claims to have left Debbie at the side of the road. Dunkin’ Donuts had a pay phone. Debra didn't make any calls. She also had a cell phone. Luis and Debra owned a Dunkin Donuts in a nearby town and she would have known the owner.




Debra's family 12 years after her disappearance.




NAS South Weymouth, Ma.




Rt. 18/Main Street in Weymouth is a busy road.











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Debra was last seen in Weymouth, Massachusetts between approximately 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 on 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 Melo reportedly did not report her missing until more than 24 hours after her disappearance, and did not participate in any of the searches or vigils for his wife. Extensive air and ground searches in Weymouth, Taunton and other locations turned up no clues. Police also searched Melo's house and car.

The couple had managed a doughnut shop in Braintree together. Despite what her family described as a rocky marriage, Debbie Melo adored her children and would not have walked out on her family, relatives have said. Foul play is suspected.
 

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Wife Still Missing Years After Argument with Husband


Thirty year old Debra Marie Melo was last seen by her husband Luis Melo on June 20, 2000 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Around the time of 3 to 4 pm that day, Luis Melo claimed that the two had an argument and that she demanded to leave the vehicle which was on route 18 south of the Weymouth Naval Air Station. Luis claimed that he later drove by the same road but she was nowhere to be found. The couple is alleged to have a rocky marriage and at one time she filed a restraining order against Luis. Debra's family insists that that she didn't just wander off. They claim she wouldn't have left behind her two children. For more information about this case please visit The Charley Project Website. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Massachusetts State Police 781-830-4800.
 

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Less than six hours later, SCU members picked up 25-year-old Luis A. Melo of Taunton on Main Street on two outstanding default warrants (one for larceny of a motor vehicle and the other for threat to commit a crime), police




Jun 8, 2015 - Less than six hours later, SCU members picked up 25-year-old Luis A. Melo of Taunton on Main Street on two outstanding default warrants ...

Oct 30, 2012 - Arrested: Name: MELO , LUIS. Date of Birth: 12/03/1989. TAUNTON , MA. Disposition: WARRANT ARREST.

Jun 7, 2015 - Also on Saturday at 12:20 a.m., Luis A. Melo, 25, of Taunton was arrested by the SCU on Main Street, Hyannis for two outstanding .

Nov 30, 2012 - The following cases were heard Thursday in Taunton District Court: ... Luis A. Melo Jr., 22, 60 Baylies Road, sentenced to six months in prison ..
 

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Taunton man with missing wife is said to be engaged

A Taunton man who was the last to see his missing wife two years ago is planning to marry his pregnant live-in girlfriend, despite the fact his wife hasn't been found or declared dead. Debbie Melo has been missing since June 20, 2000, and

Luis Melo already has plans to marry 19-year-old Samira .

Boston Herald 2002-05-09

Melo was with his girlfriend, Samira DeOliveira, 23.


http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20 ... /306189609

Questions about Luis Melo lingered, especially after he failed a lie detector test, but police stopped short of calling him a suspect.
 

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