Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Melissa was last seen at her home on on East Seminary Drive in south Fort Worth on August 23, 1971. Her mother, Alta, a waitress at a downtown restaurant, had placed an ad in the Star-Telegram seeking a baby sitter for the toddler. A woman who called herself Ruth Johnson answered the ad and claimed that she had a nice big house, had a big back yard and other children to watch. She arrived at the apartment Alta shared with a roommate, and took Melissa and her clothing with her. Alta was already at work, but her roommate met the woman. The roommate would later tell police that the woman seemed nice, was wearing white gloves and was well dressed.
When the babysitter failed to return Melissa by 8:00 pm that evening, Alta called the police. A composite drawing of the babysitter was circulated. Several leads, many from out of state, were received but none panned out. No arrests were ever made in Melissa's disappearance.
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Fort Worth Police Department