Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
At 5 p.m. on Jan. 26, 1977, Melanie Flynn left her office on Cooper Drive. Flynn, who left work on Cooper Drive about 5 p.m., was seen talking to someone in a blue van near the intersection of Cooper and South Limestone Street. She never arrived at home that night, and her abandoned car was discovered 11 days later in an apartment building parking lot on Hollow Creek Road in northern Lexington. It was an area known for drug dealing. Flynn's red leather coat was found in the car, along with her suitcase from a trip taken to a Louisville the week before. Her purse and car keys were gone. Her allergy medicine was left behind in Lexington when she disappeared.
Lexington police officer Bill Canan told reporters several months after Melanie Flynn 's disappearance that she had become his drug informant after he caught her with marijuana. Her family disputed that account and said Canan and Melanie Flynn had dated. A former Lexington police officer serving time on a drug conviction said that Canan once indicated that he had killed Melanie Flynn. Bill Canan was sentenced to 17 years, 8 months in prison for his role in a cocaine ring.
Foul play is suspected.
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Lexington Police Department