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Father of victim: 'I forgive them'

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CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

A medical examiner has confirmed the body found in a shallow grave in the Houston County woods is that of a woman reported missing in Grapeland last month.

Chief Deputy G.P. Shearer said there are no suspects in the case and a cause of death for Vanessa Melson, 29, has not been determined.

It was a result Melson's father expected.

"It was not uncommon for Vanessa to go weeks without talking to us," Jeff Melson said. "She always uses facebook so when she did not use it for several days, I knew something was not right."

Jeff Melson said Vanessa had a couple of hard years but was trying to get back to Houston and be with her children.

"That was a goal of hers, and of ours too," Melson said.

Chief Deputy Shearer said it could be days before an exact cause is known.

"I would like to get the cause soon," Chief Deputy Shearer said. "Tomorrow would be great, but it could be a couple of days. The body was decomposed all over."

He said there are persons of interest being interviewed.

"When we name a suspect, we'll be sure to let you know because I want his face plastered all over the place," Chief Deputy Shearer said.

Melson's body was found in a shallow grave on Tuesday around 7 a.m. by cadaver dogs, following a tip that there was a body in the area off of County Road 1737.

Chief Deputy Shearer said investigators have interviewed the tipster numerous times.

"We have interviewed him throughout the case as more details arise."

Melson was first reported missing on June 17. She was last seen leaving a home on College Street in Grapeland with a man, according to a Facebook page dedicated to Melson.

Jeff Melson said he has been through a lot of emotions but is ready to move on.

"Until today, I didn't understand it," Melson said. "I have seen people do it in court but I have never understood why they would forgive them, until it happened to me. Some people especially some of the family might be like, "Serious, really; you forgive them. Why shouldn't I? I would want to be forgiven. I am a Christian, I am taught to not judge, because we will all be judged."

Melson was a mother to three. Her father said the children are with another family member in the Houston area.

Chief Deputy Shearer said the owner of the property where Melson's body was found is not a suspect in the case and has been cooperative in the investigation.

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