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09/28/04

Troopers Looking for Clues in Hit and Run

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A woman is dead after a bizarre hit-and-run accident last night on Interstate 16 just north of the Bulloch-Bryan County line. Troopers say a woman from Mississippi and living in Atlanta was standing in the dark roadway when someone hit her. They want to know why and where the driver is.

From the pictures in her car, Melody Jones could have been the girl next door. She even played basketball at Mississippi State University.

"We received a call from Bulloch County 911, stated a black female was running down the interstate, Interstate 16, about mile post 136," said TFC Tommy Barron with the Georgia State Patrol. "Three to four minutes later, we received a report she'd been struck by a vehicle."

Jones was struck in the outside lane on the eastbound side and died there. When troopers arrived, the only car stopped was hers.

Barron says the biggest piece of the puzzle still missing is the driver. It was dark, the weather was bad and the woman was in the roadway. He says it would be easy to understand how someone could hit her, but hard to understand why that someone didn't stop.

"We're not necessarily saying the individual that struck her did anything wrong other than leave the scene after they struck her," said Barron.

Another trooper saw Jones' car stopped there hours before. Now they want to know how long she was there and why.

Barron says troopers don't get many who-done-it's on the highway, especially one where the victim is as big a mystery as the case itself.

Troopers are looking for a late '90s or early 2000 gold Nissan Altima and an early '90s dark green Toyota Camry. If you saw anything about this accident, you're asked to call the Georgia State Patrol post in Statesboro at 871-1101.

Even if you saw Jones' Mustang on the side of the road, they'd like to hear from you.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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