Melissa Fadden
North American Missing Persons Network
Melissa Fadden

Above Image: Fadden, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 3, 1997 from Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: Circa 1984
  • Age: 13
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 110 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark blonde
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of "M"
    on right shoulder; pierced ears; wore braces at time of
  • Clothing: Black shirt with maroon stripes
    and black jeans
  • Jewelry: Gold necklace and gold earrings

  • Details of Disappearance
    Melissa was last seen at home. Although initially thought to be a runaway, foul play became a possibility when it was learned that Melissa may have had contact with a man named James M. Howley a few days before her disappearance. Howley was identified through DNA as the killer of an 11-year-old girl in 2000. He committed suicide shortly afterwards.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lowell Police Department (Massachusetts)
    (978) 937-3200

    Source Information
    Charley Project
    SouthCoast Today