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Melissa Brannen Disappearance
Updated: 10/17/2020
Melissa Brannen Disappearance
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  • Background
  • The Party
  • The Crime
  • Caleb Hughes worked at an apartment building in Virginia. Melissa Brannen lived in that apartment building with her mother, Tammy.
  • Investigation
  • At a Christmas party, Hughes sat with Melissa and her mother. He gave her a cupcake and called her pretty.
  • Investigation
  • When leaving the part, Melissa went back to get one more plate of chips. Her mother never saw her again.
  • Outcome
  • Police were suspicious of Hughes, and found out that after he got home, he immediately showered and put his clothes and shoes in the washing machine.
  • When police searched Hughes car, they found fibers that matched Tammy's sweater and rabbit hair also found on her sweater. They found hair in the car that matched matched Melissa Brannen's hair.
  • Hughes went to trial in 1991 where he was found guilty of abduction with intent to defile, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
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