Melissa Ryser
Biographical information
Full name Melissa Ryser
Gender Female
Status Alive
Birth 1983
Nationality Flag of Switzerland Swiss
Residence Rusthollow, U.S.
Past profession(s) Biology Teacher
Rusthollow Justice Division
Rank Coroner
Game information
Appears in Criminal Case
First appearance Case #1: Into the West
"So you must be the new detective in town, I'm sure we'll make some wondeful memories together!"
—Melissa Ryser

Melissa Ryser is a main character featured in Rusthollow, where she serves as the Coroner for the Rusthollow Justice Division.


35 years of age, Melissa has long blond hair with cyan highlights at the bottom, and is seen wearing a white forensic lab coat. She is interested in fashion, mystery novels and different countries' cultures. She is also known to be compassionate, caring and knowledgeable in her line of work.

Notable Events of Rusthollow

Meeting Melissa

Melissa is first seen during the autopsy of Scott Bristow, she is seen having empathy for the victim and told Jayden Chase and the player that her thoughts go out to family of the victim. She then proceeded to give the results of the autopsy.


As the Chief Medical Examiner (Coroner) of the Rusthollow Justice Division, Melissa's responsibilities centre around carefully examining and analysing each murdered corpse, and informing the team of such results after a certain amount of time or a speed-up process using Criminal Case cash. Her task-wait rates vary depending on the difficulty of the task, but they all cost 1 Criminal Case Cash per 30 minutes.

Below is the list of analyses Melissa performs throughout the course of the game:

Case #1: Into the West

Case #2: Burn the Midnight Oil

Case #3: Bloodstained Glass Window

Case #4: Eye for an Eye

Case #5: Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

Case #6: Hit the Hay

Case #7: Can't Take the Heat

  • Emma's Body (18:00:00)

Case #8: Axe to Grind

Case #9: Skin of My Teeth


The player may choose Melissa to join the investigation of each crime scene (in any Rusthollow case) and provide hint bonuses. She is available as a 4-hint, level-10 partner.

Case appearances

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