The Doe Network:
Case File 341DFNJ

Left: McGuinn in 1988; Right: Age-progressed image of McGuinn at age 16 (circa 2004)

Melissa Diane McGuinn
Missing since March 6, 1988 from Trenton, New Jersey.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Melissa was abducted from her home in the 600 block of Lamberton Street.

She was last seen in the company of a woman who was living with her parents. The woman is mentally incompetent and gave conflicting reports about Melissa. She said she took the child and threw her into the river in a fit of jealousy.
She also told investigators infant slipped from her lap at Riverview Executive Park, and at one point said the baby was snatched by a kidnapper -- a black male who just walked up to the woman and grabbed the baby. She constantly changed her story.

The neighbor, who has the mentality of a 4-or 5-year-old, was charged with kidnapping. She was later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial and the kidnapping charge against her was dropped in December 1989.

Though Trenton police and divers searched the Delaware River, the child's body was never found.

If you have any information concerning McGuinn's whereabouts, please contact:
Trenton Police Department
Missing Persons Unit

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number: P80662358

NCIC Number: M289626497

NCMEC Number: NCMC708328

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
NamUs MP#6381

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