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Missing Wanda Medeiros Reine
Wanda, circa 1971; Shirley Reine, circa 2005; Melvin Reine, circa 2001
Missing Since 03/12/1971
East Falmouth, Massachusetts
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 25 years old
Height and Weight Unknown
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Wanda may wear eyeglasses.
Details of Disappearance Wanda was last seen in East Falmouth, Massachusetts on March 12, 1971. Her husband, Melvin J. Reine Sr., claimed he dropped her off at the bus station so she could go visit a cousin in Wareham, Massachusetts. Wanda has never been heard from again and Melvin did not report her missing for five days. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.
A photograph of Melvin is posted with this case summary. He ran a successful trash hauling business, Five Star Enterprises, and has had a history of contacts with local law enforcement over the years. In 1968, he was convicted of arson and sentenced to five years in prison, but he was released after serving only one-third of his sentence.
After Wanda's disappearance, in 1972, Shirley M. Souza moved in with the family. A photograph of her is posted with this case summary. She was 18 years old at the time and had been the babysitter for Melvin and Wanda's children prior to Wanda's disappearance.
That same year, one of Shirley's other boyfriends, 16-year-old Charles "Jeffrey" Flanagan, was found shot to death in a bog across the street from the Reine home. Shirley was one of the last people known to have seen Flanagan alive, and Melvin is a suspect in his murder. No one has been charged in connection with Flanagan's death, however. In 1979,
Melvin was a suspect in Busby's shooting, but there was insufficient evidence to charge him at the time. Melvin was later charged with rigging bids to get the city contract for Five Star Enterprises. His business partner testified against him, but Melvin was acquitted in 1985.
In 2002, Melvin's two children, Todd and Melvin Jr., told police their father and their uncle, John Reine, had shot Busby. When interviewed in 2003, John admitted that he drove the car while Melvin shot at Busby out the open window. John stated that Shirley was also present in the vehicle at the time.
Shirley was murdered in May 2005; she was shot to death in her garage. At the time of her death, she was involved in a legal battle with her stepsons over Melvin's estate.
Melvin was granted a divorce from Wanda in 1997 and married Shirley in 1999, after over two decades of cohabitation. In 2001, he wrote a will disinheriting his sons and turning over his business and all his property to his wife.
Shirley was reportedly afraid for her life because of the lawsuit and told others that if anything happened to her, her stepsons were probably responsible. The case was expected to go up for trial the week after Shirley's murder.
Authorities stated that it appeared Shirley had been ambushed and murdered by someone who knew her daily routine. In December 2011, John Rams Jr. was charged with her murder. At the time of his indictment, he was already in prison for stealing documents from Shirley's home. He was acquitted of murder at his trial in August 2014.
Wanda remains missing and is presumed deceased; Melvin is the prime suspect in her case, as well as Alwardt's. Investigators stated Melvin's account of Wanda's disappearance "didn't check out" and they do not believe Wanda ever got on the bus the day she went missing.
Looking for her remains, authorities dug up several locations, including the Reine home, but no evidence was located. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
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