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On December 05, 2004 Officers were dispatched to 1580 Cash Canyon Road in reference to the finding of bones in the woods. The complainant was an Attorney who was in this area looking for property to purchase, when he discovered remains in a wooded area.

Investigation identified the victim as:

Melissa Michelle Ward

Melissa Michelle Ward
Case Number:04-087386
Race:White
Sex:Female
DOB:04-12-1971
Age:33
Height:5’1”
Weight:90
Eyes:Blue
Hair:Brown
Case Status: Unsolved

On 11-02-04 Melissa Michelle Ward was reported missing to the Chattanooga Police Department.

Missy was last seen on 10-29-04 at about 1900 hours, when she got into a late model red Ford Pick-up Truck with a white camper top, at the BI-Lo parking lot on 23rd Street. The drive of the vehicle was described as a W/M, salt and pepper hair, in his 50’s. Missy was last seen wearing a blue dress and no shoes.

On December 05, 2004 the decomposed body of Melissa Ward was found on Cash Canyon Road.

Anyone having information about this case can contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 423 622-0022, or the Criminal Investigation Division at 423 209-8940.

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