Caylee/Casey Anthony Case: Lead Detective Yuri Melich Nominated By Americas Most Wanted

Posted by BOC Staff | Adam Walsh,Blink,Casey Anthony,Caylee Anthony Case,Yuri Melich | Monday 4 April 2011 7:37 pm

Orlando FL- Yuri Melich, the lead investigator tasked with the investigation into the disappearance and subsequent death of 34 month old Caylee Marie Anthony, has been nominated as an Americas Most Wanted *ALL STAR*.

Corporal Melich had an impressive resume before taking his first and last missing persons case, in the homicide division of Orange County Sheriffs Office.

In 2007, Yuri was assigned three separate homicide cases within a 12 hour time span, and he was awarded Sheriff’s Certificate for successfully closing all three within two weeks.

One case centered on an execution shooting with no witnesses which Corporal Melich was able to tie to two earlier killings; solving both serial shooting cases through in-depth investigation and monitoring phone calls and jail correspondences.

As Yuri explains, he’s most proud of the work he did as a homicide detective, because he was able to apprehend someone who has taken a life and that making a difference like that is one of the “greatest feelings in the world.”

Vote for Yuri Melich and OCSO by scrolling down to the left and clicking on vote.  Your successful vote will look like this:

Share your support of Yuri Melich by leaving a comment that you voted!

Vote Once Per Day, only one email address please, as multiple votes from different email accounts from the same person could cause disqualification.

www.blinkoncrime would like to congratulate all the very worthy nominees for their service.

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  1. seemeatthebeach says:

    Voted for Yuri & posted link on my Facebook!
    Vote every day folks!!!

    seeme- your in charge, if someone votes on SM, ask them to post same here as our show of solidarity.

    I don’t care how they get there, I really and truly believe Cpl Melich, and ALL of OCSO deserve this.


  2. Brandi says:

    I voted!

    The direct link to vote is:

    Gonna bookmark that and vote every day!

    You guys rock.

  3. Sdb says:

    Done and done!

  4. chica says:

    I voted and got my mom and sisters to also vote!!

  5. PookyBear says:

    I voted! My vote goes to Team Caylee!

  6. gigi says:


  7. Lyn says:

    Thanks for all you do: Yuri Melich

  8. annals says:

    Thanks for putting this up Blink, what fun.

    Yuri Melich is phenomenal in the witness stand. He looks at the questioner as if each question is the most important one ever posed. No matter his answer, ya just gotta believe him. My favorite; Baez: Did you lie to Casey? Melich: Yes. Didn’t everyone find that exchange refreshing? But why? It’s simply inexplicable, except that the guy exudes integrity.

    If I were on the defense team I would SERIOUSLY consider not asking Melich any questions during the trial. Every second Melich is in front of the jury will be bad for Casey.


    again I say I am impressed with your ability to assess witness “payoff”, wrt a jury.

    I feel strongly when a person operates on the right side of the compass, like Yuri, we should commend them. I watched this man hobble around with a cane for hours on his day off looking for this baby, as many members of OCSO did.

    Please allow me to share with y’all how important it is for us as civillians to celebrate that commitment in their line of work.


  9. annals says:

    Oh, yeah, I voted.

    lol, tell 2 friends, and so on.


  10. jamais says:

    Yuri is the best. Professional, smart and focused.

  11. mclayton says:

    It is an honor to vote for a man of such high character as Mr. Melich. His compassion for a murdered baby will be remembered always.

  12. myers says:

    Caylee’s “Knight In Shining Armour” has my vote every day of the week. Nothing like a man that stands for the truth!!!

  13. Sammy says:

    How great is this !!
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention Blink.

    I’ve been so damn impressed with Detective Melich … truly a man of honor and integrity.
    God Bless Yuri and all of OCSO who are working so diligently to bring justice to Caylee.
    Definitely will be casting my vote everyday.

  14. Amanda850 says:

    Such an honor to have the opportunity to recognize Corporal Melich. Done and done everyday hereafter! :)

  15. Magic Eyes says:

    I just voted for Yuri Melich and I hope everyone else does too.

    Hugs, Magic

  16. SayD says:

    I voted! Yuri is my hero! Thank you for bringing this to our attention Blink!

  17. Zoomomology says:

    Voted at least 6 times, will do the same tomorrow.

  18. Green Eyes says:

    Voted for Yuri Melich

  19. Bamajan says:

    Will vote all my email addresses daily.

  20. seemeatthebeach says:

    This is one of those times where you feel Caylee above was watching over that day Yuri arrived on Hopespring Drive. All the stars aligned… appropriate that Yuri is nominated as an All-Star!

    Don’t forget to vote everyday!

  21. claudia says:

    I voted!

    God has blessed Mr. Melich to see with his eyes, and lead with his mind.

    Packing his seasoned heart into his pocket for this little
    girl who never got to see 3.

    Thank you,
    Mr. Melich

  22. susan2 says:

    I voted. If Yuri decides to run for president……..he’ll have my vote then too.

  23. BooMonkey says:

    I voted for Yuri!!

  24. BeenThere says:

    I voted for Yuri Melich and will continue to vote daily until the vote is over. He is such a ‘CLASS ACT’. God Bless him!

    God Bless You too Dear Blink!

    TY friend

  25. Blu says:

    Proudly voted and will every day !

  26. nana2 says:

    Voted & passed it on.. Bradenton Fla. loves Yuri !!!

    What’s this news on Casey asked a lawyer to leave ?? Is this media hype ?

  27. ccane says:

    How fabulous.. I voted

  28. MaidenAmerica says:

    I voted. God bless you, Yuri!

  29. Word Girl says:

    W W Y D??????

    Thank you.

    PS Tell your wife that the light blue tie ROCKS!

    lol, lol, not to speak for Yuri, but I hear he has been getting that a lot.
    Fantastic tie, I concur.


  30. Word Girl says:

    On the America’s Most-Wanted Site, where Yuri is nominated as an All Star, I found the writing gratifyingly strong.

    Following Yuri’s work from 2001, the article says,
    “In 2008, Yuri was working with the Missing Persons unit when he was assigned to investigate the disappearance of a toddler. When her body was later located Yuri took over the years-long homicide investigation and was instrumental in identifying the accused killer who is headed to trial this May.”

    Oh, Yeah. He. Did.

  31. Gerta says:

    Voted! :)

  32. Canadagirl says:

    Happily voted for Yuri. Will again tomorrow!!!!

  33. Trimmonthelake says:


  34. Acapella says:

    I voted! Had to search by Yuri’s name under nominees, but, it worked. It’s wonderful to acknowledge a man of such integrity and dogged determination. Hope he wins!

  35. nana2 says:

    Casey asks for Baez to go

    Florida morning papers

    I do believe it is a fake folks.

  36. kp-in says:

    I voted. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    Have a great day!

  37. bearlyhere says:

    I voted for Yuri!

  38. lizzy says:


  39. lizzy says:

    P.S. I know well that appearances can be deceiving, BUT the photo of Melich above with Hataway below on your main page provides quite a contrast. Especially the eyes and posture.

  40. bearlyhere says:

    Yuri is a rare man indeed. OSCO is full of rare men. Well done, rare men!

    It definitely is, what a team!

  41. Numbersgirl says:

    It was an honor to vote for Yuri! Thank you, Blink, for doing this.

    The honor is for Yuri, OCSO and assisting agencies, and for Caylee.

    Much respect to the many appropriate candidates as nominees, but we are biased :)

  42. annals says:

    OK, got my day 2 vote in. Thanks Yuri & OCSO for helping me keep the faith.

    Word Girl, you got me for a few seconds with the acronym. What Would Yuri DO? Funny. Yet useful.

    Lol, lol, I had something to do with that a ways back with a co-hort, lol.

    Good Times.

  43. NCSunny says:

    Voted for Yuri.

  44. Gypsy DD says:

    As a proud SM and Blinker I voted for Yuri.

    Just a note on the AMW site it says one vote per person a day, and says not to use different e-mails to try to vote more then 1X..this could cause disqualification.

    On a side note..too bad Casey didn’t write the motion to relieve Baez of his inmate in Michigan penned that motion.

    Gypsy, I just heard from Walsh’s people the same thing personally, so I am going to edit the piece and post here.



  45. Nikki says:

    i voted, Justice for Caylee!

  46. ginab says:

    I voted for Yuri!

  47. OperaRach says:

    I’m a constant reader on blink although I seldom comment. But, it’s hard not to comment on this! I don’t know that there is much I can do for Caylee but recognizing the men that are actually trying to help her seems like a good thing.

    Thanks for posting this Blink!

  48. Gypsy DD says:

    TY Blink,
    I wouldn’t want to see Yuri disqualified just because people admire him so much and became a little zealous on the voting.

  49. KittyMom says:

    I voted yesterday and today.

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