The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Cold Case Team is seeking information from the public regarding the kidnapping and murder of Melinda Ruth Jones, age 20, in late March or early April 1983. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Jones may have possibly been staying at the Redwood Hotel in Leesville at the time of her disappearance.

Jones had come to work in Leesville from Texas.

On April 1, 1983, Jones' body was located just over the Vernon Parish line in Allen Parish.

Anyone acquainted with or anyone having any contact with Jones while she was residing in Leesville is asked to contact Detective Rhonda Jordan or Detective Bradley Marr at 337-238-1311.

VPSO is working in conjunction with the Rapides & Allen Parish Sheriff's Office on this case.