Prime Suspect In Death Of Laura Garza To Be Indicted

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The prime suspect in the disappearance and death of a Brooklyn woman two years ago is finally being indicted.

From day one, police have had their eye on Michael Mele in the death of Laura Garza, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported on Tuesday.

Garza was last seen alive leaving Manhattan’s Club Marquee with Mele in December of 2008. The two were later spotted together in Newburgh — not far from Mele’s home in Middletown.

Mele, a convicted sex offender, was arrested on an unrelated charge that December. Police said he never cooperated with the investigation into Garza’s death.

Garza’s family had lead massive search parties and hung on to hope they would find the 25-year-old aspiring dancer.

In April of this year, a group of teens riding ATVs in a wooded area near Scranton, Pa., discovered skeletal remains. A DNA analysis confirmed they belonged to Garza.

Garza’s body and a trail of evidence was found just 65 miles from Mele’s Middletown apartment. The case went to a grand jury and now Mele will face charges in Garza’s death.

More information is expected to be released Wednesday when the Orange County District Attorney’s office will hold a press conference to discuss the latest developments in the case.

  • Bill Koo

    The last I heard on this case was that this guy was being held in jail on unrelated charges. Was he ever released ?

  • Steven Bialek

    That case bothered me from day one…it reminded me of the case where the building owner in NYC was trying to get rid of 2 people because they lived in one of his apartments ‘rent stabilized’. It turns out they went missing and he ‘clammed-up’ when police asked him “So you have any idea what happen to your tenants?’ Bottom line is that he was arrested on some other charge and spent something like 2 years in jail..but WE ALL KNOW he did it JUST like Michael Mele in this case they have a body. RIP Laura your killer is going away for a VERY long time.

  • fritz

    I hope they don’t put this guy on trial in Orange county, the D.A. is not the sharpest guy you’ll ever meet, not by a long shot.

    • Denise

      Mele is done. Regardless of sharpness, no one gets out of an Orange County court without time. The judges are brutal.
      I am going to assume that in light of the time that was taken between the remains being found and the indictment, there is a pretty solid case. Either that or they didn’t want to let hm get away after release and they are taking their chances. Regardless, I love that it was 2 weeks shy of leaving Mid State. Sorry mom, you can cancel the Christmas ham for Mikey. He’ll be having the noon meal with the rest of the boys in cell block B.

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