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Gertrude M. Melvin

Missing Person Case September 2021

Melvin, approximately 2007

Date reported missing : 06/20/2007

Missing location (approx) :
Colchester, New York
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 66 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 145 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A wedding band, and carrying a purse and a Nokia Trac phone.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Gray hair, hazel eyes. Melvin has surgical scars on her abdomen. She wears eyeglasses.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Melvin was last seen in Colchester, New York on June 20, 2007. She was visiting her daughter, Elaine Finkle, at Finkle's double-wide mobile home when it was swept away by a flash flood.
Finkle was rescued, but Melvin was unable to reach the rescue rope. The trailer disintegrated in the floodwaters and was found in pieces along Route 206. Melvin's body has never been found.

Other information and links : ncy

New York State Police

September 2021 updates and sources

A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 25% of missing children in Europe. By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends. Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
The Times Herald-Record
NYC Outreach: Delaware County Flood Assistance

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