North American Missing Persons Network
Melissa Fadden

Above Images: Fadden, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 3, 1997 from Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Classification:Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth:1984
  • Age:13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4; 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics:Dark blonde hair; green eyes. Fadden wore orthodontic braces at the time of her 1997 disappearance. She has a tattoo of the letter "M" on her right shoulder. Fadden's ears are pierced.

  • Details of Disappearance
    Fadden was last seen inside her family's residence in Lowell, Massachusetts on March 3, 1997. She was wearing black jeans, a maroon-striped black shirt, a gold necklace and gold earrings. Authorities believe she may have traveled to the Tewksbury, Massachusetts area shortly afterwards. Fadden's mother reported her as a missing person on March 5. Investigators received numerous tips regarding her whereabouts over the years, but the sightings have never been confirmed.
    Fadden's case took a new turn after the suicide of Lowell housepainter James M. Howley in September 2000. He hanged himself from a tree behind the Mother Hubbard Dog Food Factory near the Concord River. The body of 11-year-old Tabitha Potter was discovered partially buried in Lowell's Shedd Park less than one week before Howley's suicide. Authorities matched his DNA to the crime scene and identified him as Potter's murderer. She had been raped and strangled on August 31, 2000.
    Investigators announced that Fadden and Howley were spotted together during the days before her March 1997 disappearance. Authorities received the information in March 2000 during Potter's murder investigation. Officials said that they planned to search an undisclosed area for evidence related to Fadden's case. Investigators said they were uncertain if Howley was involved in her disappearance, but foul play is suspected in Fadden's case.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lowell Police Department
    Middlesex District Attorney's Office
    Massachusetts State Police Unit

    Source Information
    The Standard-Times
    Middlesex District Attorney's Office
    The Boston Globe