Melissa Highsmith Wiki – Melissa Highsmith Bio
Melissa Highsmith disappeared on August 23, 1971, in Fort Worth, Texas, when she was 21 months old. A notice to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on September 9 stated that she was seen on Daniel Island. According to wiki-bio,
Melissa’s brother, Jeff Highsmith, said that about two weeks after the family learned of the tip, they decided to come to Charleston. Both Melissa’s brother and father handed out flyers Saturday at various locations on Daniel Island.
“We’re going to have to go, whether it’s door to door, business to business, and try to find our sister,” Highsmith said. “I feel like it’s a 50/50 chance, my sister is in Charleston or not. I’ll take the optimist’s point of view. So if my sister is here, we will do everything we can and fight like hell to try and find her.”
Melissa Highsmith Age
According to wiki-bio, Melissa Highsmith disappeared on August 23, 1971, in Fort Worth, Texas, when she was 21 months old.
If she is still alive, Melissa would be about 52 years old.
Melissa Highsmith Cause of Kidnapping
If she is still alive, Melissa would be around 52 years old and have a red birthmark on her upper back/neck area. The family assumes that she most likely does not know that she was kidnapped.
Over the years, Melissa’s father, who is also named Jeff Highsmith, said there has been a lot of heartache and disappointment over the years. In response to the tip from Charleston, he asks anyone with information to tell the family.
“I think [some] person knows more than he said,” he said. “They may have intimate knowledge of the original abduction, know who took her, or maybe know exactly where she is. If you’re out there and listening, he just sends an anonymous note to tell us where she is.”
Melissa was kidnapped by someone claiming to be a babysitter when she and her 22-year-old mother had recently moved to the area. After looking for a babysitter, her mother hired a woman who picked up the girl from her mother’s roommate’s apartment while her mother was at work.
The mother told investigators that her roommate said the woman seemed nice and was dressed to impress, wearing white gloves. But when the babysitter didn’t return the child, the child’s mother called the police.
After opening the “Finding Melissa Highsmith” Facebook page in 2018 and searching for years, her brother sent a direct message to a person named Melissa Highsmith on Saturday. He still hasn’t heard back, but he hopes he’s made contact with her long-lost sister.
“We just want to say that you have a family that loves you and that we have never stopped looking,” her brother said. “We just want to be a part of her life and we just want to see her children, her grandchildren.”
The family held a vigil Sunday night at Waterfront Park on Daniel Island to raise awareness. The vigil drew concerned community members to collect flyers as they prayed for their safety.
Melissa’s brother and father leave the Lowcountry on Monday, but hope her memory will remain on Daniel Island.
“When you go home and see the story, hug your son, kiss your family members and thank God you have them,” her brother said. “Just be vigilant as a parent and protect your children; it’s a scary world out there. We hope that Melissa’s memory will remain here and eventually we will find her.”
Anyone who sees her or thinks they know where she is is asked to call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST. A $20,000 reward is being offered to anyone with important information.