Case File: Melissa Suzanne Highsmith 1902DFTX
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Melissa Suzanne Highsmith
Physical Description** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.
Clothing & Personal Items
Circumstances of Disappearance
Melissa Highsmith was last seen in Fort Worth on August 23, 1971. She may be in the company of an adult female.
A few months before, Melissa's mother, Alta, then 22, had returned to Fort Worth after separating from her husband. Alta placed an ad in the Star-Telegram seeking a baby sitter for her daughter while She worked as a waitress at a downtown restaurant. A woman who gave the name "Ruth Johnson" answered the ad. She told Alta that she had a large house and back yard, as well as other children to watch. The two made plans to meet at Alta's job, but Johnson never showed up.
"Ruth Johnson" called Alta again and convinced the young mother that she really wanted the job. Alta agreed that Johnson could pick up the girl that Monday morning. When Johnson arrived at the Spanish Gate apartments on East Seminary Drive, Alta was already at work. Alta’s roommate would later tell police that the woman seemed nice, was wearing white gloves and appeared dressed to impress. The roommate handed the woman a pink dress, a pair of white sandals and some diapers for Melissa, and the woman and child left. Alta returned home from work and waited for her daughter to be brought back. By 8 p.m. and with no way to reach the woman, Alta called police. Within days the FBI joined in the search for Melissa.
The case was re-opened in 2005 at the request of Melissa's sister. Melissa was born at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth.
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Last Updated: 6/10/12 - By: DD / TX AD