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College Student’s Body Returned To The Grave

December 19, 1994

DALLAS (AP) _ The body of a 20-year-old college honors student was reburied Sunday, five days after it was stolen from a fresh grave and left on a secluded road.

The body of Melinda Ann Lee was reburied at Restland Memorial Park, said the Rev. Byron Myrick, the Lee family’s minister.

Four members of Miss Lee’s family and Myrick attended the 15-minute service at the grave, which was not the original grave.

Meanwhile, Dallas County sheriff’s deputies still have no motive or suspects in the body snatching. Authorities were investigating explanations ranging from the occult to an obsessed admirer.

Miss Lee, a junior at Texas Tech University, died Dec. 7 from injuries she suffered in an October traffic accident involving an allegedly drunken driver.

Her body was buried Dec. 10, but it was unearthed and stolen from the previous Restland plot sometime between sundown Monday and sunrise Tuesday, authorities said. A newspaper carrier found the body early Thursday several miles from the cemetery.

To take the body, someone burrowed six feet to Lee’s grave and drilled a hole through a 4-inch concrete crypt to the coffin. A hole also was broken in the coffin, through which the body was removed, officials said.

Sheriff’s detectives have said the operation would have required three to six hours to complete, depending on how many people were involved.

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