A double murder that you may have been reminded of recently while driving around the valley occurred in Dec. 2010 -- when two young women were discovered murdered in their home near 42nd Street and Thomas in Phoenix.
If you have forgotten the crime that took the lives of 27-year-old Melissa Mason and her roommate, 27-year-old Nicole Glass, don't feel guilty -- it's been a long year since they were killed. People forget, which is why Silent Witness follows a process after a crime like this to keep the tips coming in.
On Fri., Dec. 3, 2010, Nicole and her roommate, Melissa -- who was pregnant -- were discovered murdered. They had been strangled. The media coverage was intense.
Several days passed, and there was still no break in the case. Silent Witness staff, who stayed in close contact with the girls’ families, reached out to them and asked if they were willing to do something to spark more leads and bring in more tips a few days later.
“My name is Rachel Glass. I’m Nicole Glass' mom,” Rachel Glass said two weeks after her daughter's murder, when she went door-to-door in the neighborhood where her daughter and Melissa lived.
“But when we go back with the family doing these flier handouts, going door-to-door now and say, ‘Two young women were murdered in their home. One was pregnant. Do you have any information?’ Now, they've had time to listen to the news, watch TV and see this case unfold. And they're thinking to themselves, 'I wonder if they know about something, whether it’s a suspicious car or person – anything,'” said Darren Burch, of Silent Witness.
That day you could see and hear Nicole's mom's resolve to find her daughter’s killers.
“I am a woman on a mission for my daughter and for Melissa,” she said at the time.
Her mission continues to this day, now that it's been more than a year since someone robbed these two young women of their lives.
Their friends and family think of them every day. Perhaps their killers think of them sometimes too, relieved that they got away with a double murder.
Silent Witness continues to work to make sure they don't get away with it. This month, they pulled out yet another tool. It's a big flashy one that’s sure to get your attention.
Dozens of billboards donated by Clear Channel Communications now feature the double murder case of Nicole Glass and Melissa Mason.
“Clear Channel provided us 30 billboards across the valley -- mainly saturating the area where the crime occurred in east Phoenix, so that we can hopefully touch somebody, resonate that crime with somebody who says, ‘You know what? I know something. I haven’t said anything yet, but that constant reminder of that billboard tells me I have to do the right thing,’” Burch said.
The billboards are a bittersweet reminder for the families of Melissa Mason and Nicole Glass.
“When I go home from work, I see four billboards with their names on it. I cried. I went home and cried. You know, you’d like to see your kid on the billboard -- but not like that. So I was happy that it’s out there, but it’s also devastating,” Rachel Glass said.
The murders of Melissa and Nicole occurred sometime between Thurs., Dec. 2nd at 8 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 3rd, 2010, in the 4200 block of East Cambridge.
If you know anything, please call Silent Witness with tips. There is a reward, and you will remain anonymous.
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