Melody Gay was 19 years old when her body was found in Golden Gate. The blonde haired, blue-eyed teen worked at a local 7-Eleven.
On March 7, 1984, Gay was working the midnight shift, when a customer came in and found the store empty around 4:30 a.m., according to the case profile.
The Sheriff’s Office was called on-scene and took a missing person report. The search for Gay lasted three days, until her body was found by a fisherman in a canal off White Boulevard in Golden Gate. It was reported that she had been beaten and strangled by her killer.
Today, the case remains unsolved.
CCSO currently has 58 Ongoing Homicide Investigations, dating back to 1971.
For more on local unsolved homicides, visit the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Website.
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