Published by Underground Mysteries on March 19, 2021; updated and edited on September 11, 2022.
Melinda Lorraine Jackson Felder, also known as “Kandie”, went missing at the age of 33 on July 20, 2006 in Conway, Horry County, South Carolina, after leaving her residence by foot to go to her friend’s house. She informed her family that she would return from the walk, but she never made it home.
After learning about this case and speaking in depth to her daughter, who is desperate for answers, I helped search for clues to her whereabouts and started to re-create her timeline.
An investigation was done by authorities when Felder originally went missing, and it was discovered that she may have moved to 193 Fountain Avenue in Brooklyn, New York City, New York after her disappearance. A public record shows her having resided there in 2008. Her family on her father’s side had resided at this address as well. It is unclear if she actually lived at that address at that time or if someone else living there was using her name and/or social security number. Authorities performed a welfare check at that address, in hopes someone would have information to her whereabouts, but it was discovered that she nor her family had no longer been living at that address.
Felder was known to leave home for a few months at a time, but she would always return home, according to her family members.
Felder now has five grandchildren, all of whom she has never met. Her kids are worried sick over her disappearance. Both of Felder’s parents have passed away since her disappearance. She had also been separated from her husband for about eight years prior to 2006.
Born on March 12, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, Felder loves to dance and write in her journal. A carefree spirit, she has an intense love for traveling and exploring. Felder has several children, all of whom she always loved deeply. She lived in South Carolina for several years before her disappearance.
Felder suffers debilitating seizures, which, in her case, are often triggered by stress or excessive heat. She is known to enter a childlike state with each seizure, in which she develops mental disorientation. Her family fears that she may have had a serious seizure that rendered her incapacitated, and that she could even be an unidentified patient living in a hospital or care facility.
DNA from one of Felder’s family member was entered into the CODIS system to be used for comparisons against unidentified remains.
As for Felder’s physical traits, she can be described as an African American female with black hair (which may have had a reddish tint at the time of her disappearance) and brown eyes. Her height is estimated to be around 5’2″, and her weight may be around 160-205 pounds. Felder had a nose ring at the time of her disappearance. She has a split earlobe on one [unknown side] ear and may still have an abdominal scar from a C-section. She did not have any known tattoos at the time of her disappearance.
When Felder went missing, she was wearing a jean skirt and a white shirt that had a pink design on the front. Her family states that they do not believe she owned a cell phone at the time of her disappearance.
Due to Felder’s debilitating seizures, she did not have a car, nor did she have a driver’s license or know how to drive, when she disappeared. Whenever she traveled long distances, she would use public transportation, and she required someone to escort her.
Detectives discovered that Felder had never stopped receiving her Social Security disability insurance payments. It is uncertain if the funds have been accruing or if they have been spent. It is also unknown if Felder is the one who is receiving / spending the funds or if there is a fraudulent situation occurring.
Felder’s children last saw her in about April 2006, a few months prior to her disappearance. One of her daughters had been placed in a group home, and the others were placed into foster care. The last person who physically saw Felder is her mother.
Felder’s father is from New York. Sadly, he passed away three years ago, and he had not seen Felder since 2006.
I have personally contacted and researched any phone number in which Felder had been associated; however, all of the numbers have been disconnected or transferred to someone else who did not know her. I have researched her old addresses as well. I also searched all court systems within many different counties in South Carolina, New York, and New Jersey, but I have not found any court records under the name Melinda Jackson nor Melinda Felder since her disappearance. I searched to see if maybe she had gotten married, to see if her last name had changed, but results were fruitless. On background reports, her name has gotten tangled with another person from California; thus, some of the records are not accurate (just like in most online people-finder background reports). There is one other New York City address that I have been exploring.
If you have any information on her case, please contact the Conway Police Department at (843) 248-1790. Please reference case number 2006003651. The NamUS case number is MP73128.
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