Body of Melissa Molinari, missing mom, found after Gabby Petito's dad asks for help as husband charged with her murder

THE body of a missing mom has been discovered after weeks of searching as her husband is charged with murder.

The missing person case of Melissa Molinari, 38, hit the headlines after Gabby Petito’s dad asked for help in the attempts to find her.


Suffolk County cops found the body of the mom-of-four in Rocky Point Barrens State Forest, Long Island, a week after she had been reported missing on December 2.

Law enforcement officials didn’t provide any other details about the discovery and only said her husband Marcello Molinari, 43, and been arrested and charged with murder.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner will carry out an autopsy, according to officials.

Melissa was last seen by her family on November 21 leaving her home in Centereach, meaning she did not spend Thanksgiving with her kids.

Cops said she did not take her car.

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She was reported missing by a friend, not her husband, and cops did not reveal her disappearance was suspicious and only added that her family, including her husband, were cooperating.

Suffolk County detectives were seen Wednesday searching over a water basin across from the Molinari’s home, in an attempt to find clues that could lead to finding her.

"I find it very surprising she didn't take that car, she was in it all the time," said neighbor Gina Bastone. "That's what I'm shocked about, that she would leave the kids, because she was so hands-on…it's just weird. Got to be so hard."

Gabby Petito’s dad, Joe, helped focus attention on Melissa’s disappearance by tweeting her information and asking his followers on the social media site to help find her.

Marcello Molinari is expected to be arraigned on Friday.

Information for his representative wasn't immediately available.




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