“Guilt is a heavy burden to carry since 1983” Pott. Sheriff’s office wants answers in cold case

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POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY,Okla.- A murderer is still on the loose, and the case over 30 years old.

A family is still searching for answers after tragedy struck a newly wed Pottawatomie County couple.

The groom was stabbed to death, and his wife is still missing.

Despite the decades of the unsolved mystery, family and law enforcement are still looking for closure.

The case was actually reopened 6 years ago by the under sheriff. But just days ago, the mother of the groom made a trip to Oklahoma pleading for her son's killer to be found.

May 4, 1983 was the last day Paul and Melody Jones were seen alive.

They lived in a home nestled just off of highway 9A in east Pottawatomie County.

"Paul and Melody lived out north of Earlsboro, Oklahoma. [They were] newly married, young." J.T. Palmer, Pott. County undersheriff said.

Paul was 20, Melody was only 19.

"His wife, Melody, supposedly went fishing with her family that night, and they dropped her off at her home," Palmer said.

It was the last time anyone had contact with the couple.

"She did not report to work in Seminole at the Dairy Queen the next morning," Palmer said.

A morning that is forever ingrained in the family's memory.

"The manager called her mother, she went down the road to the residence and actually found Paul stabbed to death in the bedroom and Melody missing," Palmer says.

There were no signs Melody had left on her own. Her personal belongings were all still inside.

"So the bed was here, gun was here, he's all the way over here?" Sheriff Mike Booth asked as they pour over case files.

Justice was demanded when the case was reopened years ago.

"We're the voice of those people that are deceased," Booth says.

"There's somebody out there that knows something," Palmer said.

And just days ago, Paul's mother came to them.

"She made a wish that she would go to her dying breath to find out who killed her son, and she's about that stage now," Palmer says.

Paul's mother flew in from London; she's terminally ill.

"She wants to know who killed her son and I want to know who killed her son, and I want to know what happened to Melody," Palmer said.

If Melody is still alive, she would be 51.

"Maybe back then they was scared to come forward? I'm asking them to come forward now, sit down with me and tell me what you know," Palmer said.

A small bit of information could help the family, one just like yours.

"Guilt is a heavy burden to carry since 1983," Palmer says.

There have been dozens of sightings of what some think may be Melody Jones, but none have been given positive confirmation.

If you have any small bit of information that could help solve this crime, you're asked to call Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office at (405) 273-1727 or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-522-8017.


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