Real Name: Melissa Suzanne Highsmith
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: August 23, 1971
Date of Birth: November 6, 1969
Weight: 27 pounds
Characteristics: Caucasian female with brown hair and brown or hazel eyes. Melissa has a three-inch red-colored birthmark on her back, just below her neck.
Details: Melissa's mother, Alta, advertised for a babysitter and, in August of 1971, a woman calling herself, "Ruth Johnson," answered the ad. Ruth went to the Highsmith's apartment to pick up Melissa, taking diapers and clothing from the apartment with her. Neither Melissa nor "Ruth" have been seen since.
Suspects: The woman calling herself "Ruth Johnson".
Extra Notes: This case was not featured on Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Unsolved. The police believe that Melissa was taken by someone who wanted to raise a child but this has not been proven.
- Melissa's case on the Charley Project
- Melissa's case on the Doe Network
- Melissa's case on the Texas DPS website
- Melissa's case on the NCMEC website
- Unresolved Mysteries Reddit Post on Melissa's case
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