What exactly happened to Shannon Melendi? Emory University student murder mystery on NBC Dateline

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In the upcoming episode of NBC Dateline, entitled “Shannon’s Story,” detective Dennis Murphy will investigate the tragic kidnapping and murder of Florida resident Shannon Melendi.

Also, the then 19-year-old Emory University student was last seen alive on March 26, 1994, disappearing from a gas station.

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In NBC Dateline: Shannon’s Story, family, friends, neighbors and law enforcement officials are interviewed to find out more about the facts and feelings about the case.

In the next episode of the show, which will air on August 12, 2022 at 10:9 a.m., you will learn more about the case and the Melendis’ never-ending quest for justice.

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How was Shannon Melendi injured?

ABC News says that on July 17, 2006, Hinton said he killed Shannon Melendi. It looks like guilt got the better of him, or maybe he just ran out of arguments.

Hinton gave a very graphic account of what he had done to the officer investigating his crime and to a Georgia prosecutor. Hinton said, “If I have to spend 23 hours a day in a cell for the rest of my life, at least I can breathe.” But she can’t.”

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On the other hand, the day Melendi disappeared, he invited her to lunch after work. Hinton pretended he took a wrong turn on his way to lunch and then continued on to his home in Rex, Georgia.

Eventually he asked Melendi to drive because he said his leg hurt. Hinton then retrieved a hidden knife from the back seat of his car and used it to force Melendi to follow him to his house.

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Since Hinton’s wife and children weren’t home, he was able to tie up Melendi and drive her car to a gas station without the keys.

He would later injure Melendi more than once before killing her by putting a tie around her neck and squeezing her. He then set Melendi’s body on fire in his backyard, killing her.

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The murder of an Emory University student is the subject of an NBC Dateline story

Shannon Melendi was a student at Emory University. The last time anyone saw her was on March 26, 1994, when she went to DeKalb County to check a softball game’s score. After she disappeared, her car was found at a gas station the next day with her keys still inside.

After posting missing persons flyers and continuing the search, a man called the Emory hotline and said he had taken Shannon with him.

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When detectives investigated the allegation, they determined that the call had come from a phone booth in McDonough. They found Shannon’s wedding ring taped shut in a pouch.

Because Butch Hinton umpired the softball game where Shannon went missing, police were able to use microscopic evidence to connect the duct tape and bag to him.

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Since he had last seen her alive, he had been the main person under investigation. Twelve years after Shannon went missing, she was found guilty. On Friday night, NBC Dateline will continue to investigate what happened.

Family: Today Shannon Melendi’s mother and sister

Shannon’s parents, Yvonne and Luis Melendi, and their younger sister, Monique Melendi, have sent many emails and petitions to the parole board asking that Hinton be kept in prison.

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The Melendi family have written letters and signed petitions to keep Butch Hinton in prison and prevent him from getting out.

Aside from that, her sister said that she taught both her junior and senior classes in high school.

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She had received a scholarship to Emory University and was scoring points at a softball game when a predator in the crowd ruined her chances.

Watch the upcoming NBC Dateline segment to learn more about the horrific case and how Shannon’s family is still trying to get her justice.

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