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Melody Woods and Michael Short

Real Name: Melody Woods
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: June 7, 1996

Bio

Occupation: Student
Date of Birth: Unrevealed
Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Dating
Characteristics: Unrevealed

Case

Details: In June 1994, seventeen-year-old Melody Woods met nineteen-year-old Michael Short during a summer session at her school in Fort Worth, Texas. They soon began dating and he left a good impression on her parents. They had no idea that he had a criminal record and a nasty reputation.
Six months earlier, Michael and a friend were driving down Highway 121 in Bedford when they came upon a couple driving slowly in the fast lane. Michael became enraged and began yelling at the driver. He followed the couple for ten miles. He then pulled out a handgun and fired at them. The driver was struck once in the shoulder but survived. Police tracked down Michael through his license plate number. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
While out on bail, Michael met Melody. When she learned about his criminal past, she was apparently too in love with him to care. Soon after, she began acting secretly around her parents. They feared that he was becoming too possessive of her. However, she claimed that their relationship was fine.
In March 1995, Michael was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to eight years in prison. Melody's parents hoped that the sentence would end her relationship with him. However, she told them that she would try to make it work. He made collect calls to their home every day. If she did not answer at a specific time, he would become enraged with her.
Melody's parents eventually blocked all collect calls to their home. However, Michael was able to find a way around that: he would call his parents' home and they would call the Woods home. Sometimes, the calls would be continuous. For awhile, Melody stopped answering him. Eventually, however, she started talking to him again. He seemed to control her life from jail.
On the morning of June 7, 1996, Melody and a friend waited outside the prison walls in a borrowed van. Meanwhile, inside the prison gym area, Michael climbed up a fence, kicked out a window, and escaped. He ran to the van and jumped inside. They drove to a nearby motel where Michael changed his clothes. He and Melody got into her car and left her friend behind. They has not been seen since.
Since their disappearances, Melody's parents received a postcard from Chattanooga, Tennessee, one week after the escape. It stated, "I'm okay, I'm sorry and I love you very much - Mel." Investigators and her family fear that she may now be in danger.
Suspects: Michael is believed to still be with Melody. Her family, however, believes that he abducted her and is holding her against her will.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the December 13, 1996 episode.
Results: Solved. After nine months on the run, Melody and Michael surrendered voluntarily in Fort Worth, Texas. She received ten years probation for her role in the escape. Seven years were added to his sentence; he has since been released. They are now married and own a fishing business.
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