(NBC News) – tonight on “Dateline,” when Emory university sophomore Shannon Melendi goes absent in vast daylight from she off-campus job at a softball field, police space interviewing anyone in Shannon’s orbit, climate they get a secret phone speak to that alters everything.

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Here’s a preview that Dennis Murphy’s report:

Shannon missing. That was beyond all imagination. Indigenous the roommate, a stormy timeline emerged.

Shannon was an alleged to be in her dorm ~ above a Saturday night. Yet when she quiet wasn’t residence by Sunday morning — she roommate had started come worry.

YVONNE MELENDI: She said, “Where is she?” so she went in search of her. The very first thing she walk was saw the softball nation club.

Shannon worked part-time in ~ a softball field — around five mile from campus.

The roommate headed the end to look for Shannon through two other friends.

But lock missed the entrance to the softball field parking lot of — and when lock turned around they spotted something.

YVONNE MELENDI: She saw her vehicle parked at a convenience store.

LUIS MELENDI: Gas station.

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Shannon’s black color Nissan — unoccupied and also parked in ~ the far end of a gas station.

DENNIS MURPHY: She was as proud as she can be of the car,

MONIQUE MELENDI: Yes, she was. She lov– she loved she car.

DENNIS MURPHY: What was concerning about the way the automobile was found, what problem it to be in?

YVONNE MELENDI: It to be unlocked, keys in the ignition.

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