‘Dateline’ explores mysterious case of Emory University student who disappeared in broad daylight

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(NBC News) – Tonight on “Dateline,” when Emory University sophomore Shannon Melendi goes missing in broad daylight from her off-campus job at a softball field, police are interviewing everyone in Shannon’s orbit, then they receive a mysterious phone call that changes everything.

Here’s a preview of Dennis Murphy’s report:

Shannon missing. It was beyond all imagination. From the roommate, a rough timeline emerged.

Shannon was supposed to be in her dorm on a Saturday night. But when she still wasn’t home by Sunday morning — her roommate had started to worry.

YVONNE MELENDI: She said, “Where is she?” so she went looking for her. The first thing she did was went to the softball country club.

Shannon worked part-time at a softball field — about five miles from campus.

The roommate headed out to look for Shannon with two other friends.

But they missed the entrance to the softball field parking lot — and when they turned around they spotted something.

YVONNE MELENDI: She saw her car parked at a convenience store.

LUIS MELENDI: Gas station.

Shannon’s black Nissan — unoccupied and parked at the far end of a gas station.

DENNIS MURPHY: She was as proud as she could be of that car,

MONIQUE MELENDI: Yes, she was. She lov– she loved her car.

DENNIS MURPHY: What was concerning about the way the car was found, what condition it was in?

YVONNE MELENDI: It was unlocked, keys in the ignition.

Watch Thursday’s “Dateline” on NBC4 tonight at 10 p.m., right after “Law & Order: SVU.

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