missing Massachusetts teenager Melanie Melanson.
WOBURN - A private detective believes he could have some new leads in the disappearance of a 14-year-old Woburn girl.
Melanie Melanson was last seen at a high school party in the woods on the outskirts of Woburn in Oct. 1989.
Her family has lived with the pain of not knowing what happened to her for 22 years.
Private detective Michael Garrigan has worked on the case since the very beginning.
On Saturday, Garrigan was joined by a team of volunteers and the Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue Group as he headed back to the place where Melanie was last seen. He believes the woods hold the secret to the teenager’s mystery.
“I developed some leads over the past year, we can’t discuss those at this time, but very credible leads from several sources,” Garrigan said to FOX 25.
Trained cadaver dogs sniffed out the area in hopes of confirming what Garrigan says he has already discovered and tested before: a trace of human decomposition in the woods.
This is not the first time that investigators have returned to the woods. Detectives launched a revitalized search in 2009, just before what would have been Melanie’s 35th birthday.
While Melanie’s parents have passed on, her aunts and other family members are standing watch over the new search.
Garrigan says he can’t share many details on the investigation, but says he believes the people he hopes will ultimately be prosecuted were absolutely in the woods on that October night.