Melissa had gone missing 11 July 1999 after accepting a ride from a stranger when her car broke down near the Bourne Bridge. 27-year-old Melissa Gosule—a teacher, rape crisis counselor, and aspiring journalist— called AAA, only to have the tow truck driver tell her it would be hours before he could tow her car. She then accepted a ride with a man,Michael P. Gentile, 31, though she kept in almost constant cell phone contact with her mother that evening as she drove with the man, Melissa never arrived at her expected destination.
Eight days after Melissa's disappearance, her body had been found in Pembroke, buried in a shallow makeshift grave off a remote access road. She had been raped and murdered. The man who had done this to her had 27 previous convictions. Her family fought to have Melissa's Bill passed which would ban parole for certain repeat offenders.
Survivors include her mother, Sandi Glaser; her stepfather, Peter Glaser; her father, Les Gosule; stepmother, Bette Gosule; stepfather William Monahan; sisters Heidi and Jodi Gosule.
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