Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
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.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lowell Police Department (Massachusetts)