Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff’s Investigators Reconnect With Tipster

Monday, November 20th 2017, 9:59 pm
By: News 9

Investigators in Pottawatomie County said they've just received a tip that could be regarding Melody Jones. It's a case that dates back three decades.

Randall Garton said he dropped off his sister, Melody Jones, at home one night in 1983. And that would be the last time anyone ever saw her.

When the 19-year-old didn't show up for work the next day, Garton said their mom went looking for her and found Melody's husband, Paul, stabbed to death in the home and no sign of her daughter.

Both Paul’s murder and Melody’s disappearance are unsolved.

“Every day is a rollercoaster. And just like stuff like this comes up and it brings it all back up like it was yesterday,” Garton told News 9.

Earlier this month a tipster called the sheriff’s office and left a message. But the message dropped out, so detectives weren't able to return the call. Since then, they've reconnected and the sheriff's office is now investigating the information.

“We’re so grateful that it’s not just a closed case sitting there,” Garton said.

Melody's parents have passed away without any answers about their daughter's disappearance.

And now, as her siblings continue to struggle with the possibilities of what could've happened to their fun-loving sister, they’re still hopeful it'll be solved in their lifetime.

“We just know nothing and knowing nothing is just awful,” said Melody’s sister Rebbecca Cox.

They ask anyone else who might have information to come forward.

“Just any little thing that you could have thought was insignificant, it could break the case wide open,” said Ashley Garton, Melody’s niece.

Anyone with information should call the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Undersheriff JT Palmer. The number is (405) 275-2526, extension 111.