Sunday, December 7, 2008


Where, exactly, is Newburgh?
The City of Newburgh is located on the Hudson River, 60 miles north of New York City.
The city lies at the intersection of Interstate 84 (running west to Pennsylvania and east to Connecticut) and the New York State Thruway (I-87), which runs from New York City north to Albany.

The outside of the 10th Ave. club Marquee on Friday.

A massive hunt is underway in the disappearance of Laura Garza, 25.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or text their tips to 274637, then enter TIP577.

Laura GarzaPolice have a surveillance video provided by the 10th Avenue club in which Garza is seen leaving with Mele. "She's literally walking out with him arm-in-arm," the source said.
Michael Mele, person of interest. Mele arrived at the Newburgh police station with an attorney and his father, William Mele, a retired MTA assistant deputy police chief, according to a police source. State Police found a machete and a woman's shoe Saturday as they scoured the upstate home of a registered sex offender suspected in the disappearance - and murder - of a naive New York newcomer.

Police Search for Woman Who Disappeared From Manhattan Nightclub

Sunday, December 07, 2008

NEW YORK — Authorities scoured a swath of upstate New York on Saturday in hopes of finding a woman last seen leaving a trendy Manhattan club with a registered sex offender.

State police said they had searched several locations in Orange County and collected forensic evidence in the suspicious disappearance of Laura Garza, 25, of Brooklyn.

While investigators were treating the case as a possible homicide, "we certainly haven't given up hope she is alive," state police Capt. Wayne Olson said Saturday evening.

Garza vanished after leaving the nightclub Marquee at about 4 a.m. Wednesday with two men. She was last seen around sunrise that day in the Orange County community of Newburgh, about 70 miles north of Manhattan, with one of the men, Michael Mele, 23, state police said.

Mele was added to the state sex offender registry in April after being convicted in Rockland County of forcible touching, according to the Newburgh Town police. He was sentenced to six years' probation.

Mele turned himself in to Newburgh Town police Friday on a warrant accusing him of a local law violation in New York City, Olson said; he did not know the details. Mele was apparently later transferred to the Rockland County Sheriff's Department to be booked on a probation violation charge, Olson said.



Anonymous said...

I was researching on CNN's Nancy Graca Show and read this story about laura Garza- I live in Massachusetts and i wonder if the authorities- could link another similar looking girl - who was also missing from a N.Y. Night club and was a college student ( Criminal Justice @ John Jay? Could this Mr Meile person be a person of interest in that case. The girls look similar in appearance- and there was a couple from N.Y. about 1 year ago who went missing? Maybe this site could pass this on..... My condolences to the family. But, I thought as a citizen - its important to help - even if I am wrong. Thank you. Linda E.

CHOMP said...

Thanks you for your comment, Linda E. it's okay to link to other places and other show and make comments or suggestions. Nancy Grace has a link on my side bar.

About other women who go missing...very often they look similar. College student Adriana McLean, 19, was sexually assaulted two years ago by Michael Mele. She looks similar to Laura Garza.

Mele started getting sexually weird as a teen. No telling how many women he has assaulted and molested. I do think that Laura Garza is probably the first one that he has killed. She was killed because Mele has been in trouble before, and Laura could identify him!

Anonymous said...

HAd a dream a dark tower or building maybe a train tressal type.very square and tappered toward the top old, black like not used.
in a very wooded area.

A woman reached out to me??
weird. like to grab my hand. i woke up its been haunting me since.

I was bending down to pick up a beatiful rug with shaggs on ends.
like garbage thrown to the side wrap with duck tape or something.
maybe my mind playing I spy just want to share, incase it would lead to finding a girl or woman??
maybe nothing at all.
dreams are again only dreams.

I hope they find out what happened.
they Should be able to do water boarding to have mele say where she is? he was the last to be with her. Hang him high.