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Colette
Username: Colette

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 4:04 pm:   

On Jan 20, 1970 Cindy Mellon left the Broadway Department Store in Ventura, Ca. The pretty 19 year old was last seen talking to Edward Nelson Cole (aka Sam Roper) who was helping her change a flat tire. Cindy was never heard of again. Nelson was interviewed and supposedly left town, whereabouts unknown. According to retired Santa Barbara police detective Johnson, Cindy's case has similarities to Zodiac crimes. There is now an investigation to compare photos of Cole in 1970 to Zodiac composites.
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Colette
Username: Colette

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 4:56 pm:   

I'm guessing some of the similarities might be car tampering as Cheri Jo Bates and wheel loosening as Kathleen Johns. Then there was the disappearance of Donna Lass. If this is the same perp he might have been in the process of abducting Cheri Jo when she fought him off and he had to kill her right there in the alley.
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Wrecknball
Username: Wrecknball

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 8:02 pm:   

I saw this case a few years ago on the Doe Network. It reminds me of the Robin Graham case in LA, as well as the case involving Kathleen Johns. The Johns episode took place only 3 months after Mellon's dissapearance. Accepting that there were two people kidnapping women using the same MO is a tough pill for me to swallow.

This was the first time I've seen mention of a suspect in the Mellon case, though I always new LE had one. Good update Collete.
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Colette
Username: Colette

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 3:39 pm:   

I couldn't find it on the doe network when I looked but I got the update from the video Tom linked us to in the Edwards/Domingo topic.
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Seagull
Username: Seagull

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 9:26 pm:   

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/869dfca.html

Here's the link to Cindy Mellin
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Colette
Username: Colette

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 8:51 am:   

Thank you Seagull, I have the misspelled her name that's why I couldn't find it. I wonder if they ever tested the tire for what made it flat.
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James78
Username: James78

Registered: 7-2006
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 5:48 pm:   

sounds like maybe chloroform was used!
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Howard_davis
Username: Howard_davis

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 6:15 pm:   

The man seen that night with Mellin was 25-30 according to witnesses.
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Ratman
Username: Ratman

Registered: 8-2006
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 12:07 pm:   

If the info in the Doe site is true, then Cole is undoubtably the perp- alone or with help.
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Tommyt
Username: Tommyt

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 11:02 pm:   

Is there a pic somewhere of this suspect
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Sandy
Username: Sandy

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 2:04 pm:   

Was a composite done ?
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Tommyt
Username: Tommyt

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 9:35 pm:   

Once again, does anyone know if there is a pic somewhere of the suspect?
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Davidmm
Username: Davidmm

Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 10:44 am:   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Nelson_Cole

This couldnt be him, could it? The age is about right.
If this is him, then some LE has been asleep at the wheel. :-)
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Howard_davis
Username: Howard_davis

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 5:54 pm:   

The man seen near Cindy's car was driving a"light colored"car.It was the "left rear wheel" that was punctured with a 'sharp instrument.'
The spare tire was on the ground.
Ages given are 25-30 and 30-40.

As FYI.Kathleen Johns told me it was her right-not the left- rear wheel that was 'loosened.'The man was around 25-30.and was driving a 'light colored car.'
A light colored car was seen at LHR.

Rose Tashman(see archive and m site)had a flat.A man took her to go get help as he could not get to the trunk due to the fact the key had recently been stolen.

Cindy had an uncle that lived in Fresno,CA and for some reason that uncle felt she may be in or near the city.

Zodiac or not,one has to feel sorry for the loved ones left behind and the pain the victims must have endured.Very sad.
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Howard_davis
Username: Howard_davis

Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:12 pm:   

Also,forgot to mention the trunk lid was up and the driver's door was open as per witnesses.
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Davidmm
Username: Davidmm

Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2007 - 9:34 am:   

That's weird, for the trunk and door to be open. That would seem to indicate a person on foot, rather than a drive by. But, why open the door and trunk? To get something? A trophy?
Did cars, back then, have the interior release on the gas cap door?
Could the perp have been pulling levers on the dashboard to release the brake/ open gas cap/ police shotgun/ etc, and accidentally opened the trunk? Was he going to open the gas cap and torch the car?
Was anything reported missing?

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