Cold Case Missing Persons


Cold Case Missing Persons

Featuring missing persons cases that have been neglected for a long time.

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For persons investigating or researching unsolved missing, murdered or unidentified cases from the past. Most cases involved are older than ten years. This list is open to all interested. Please feel welcome to join in or start a discussion.

We are currently reviewing many of the cases found on NamUs

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Missing Cold Cases Photos and Details

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Sheryl Sheppard

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Missing Persons Cold Cases Links

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Comment by Lorena Jones on November 10, 2009 at 2:52pm
The Doe Network:
Case File 2388DFTX

(my profile picture is of Melissa Alaniz)

Melissa Alaniz
Missing since March 7, 1987 from El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

* Date Of Birth: March 17, 1974
* Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
* Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'2"; 105 lbs.
* Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes.
* Clothing: Black t-shirt with "Iron Maiden" logo, black and white checked jeans, white socks with red and blue stripes on top and white tennis shoes.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Alaniz was last seen on March 7, 1987 in El Paso, Texas. Her disappearance may be linked to the disappearances of several young women in the El Paso area the same year. Most women were then located murdered. Two other young women, Marjorie Knox, 14, who vanished on February 14, 1987, from nearby Chaparral, New Mexico, and Cheryl Vasquez-Dismukes are still missing and, like Melissa Alaniz, presumed dead by authorities. Police have identified a suspect in the case, an ex-convict with a history of violence against females who was paroled in January 1987 just a few days before the beginning of this string of murders and disappearances. He denied any involvement in the cases and was never charged. He matches the description of the man one victim was last seen with, was seen riding a motorcycle with another months before she died and witnesses have placed him at the convenient store Cheryl Vasquez was last seen at.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Texas Department of Public Safety

Agency Case Number: R8901009

Source Information:
Texas Department of Public Safety
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Comment by Sara Huizenga on November 10, 2009 at 2:38pm
We Need to Help Pass HR 3695, The Help Find The Missing Act (Billy's Law)

TAKE ACTION NOW (utilizing the "couldn't be easier to do so" link below) FOLLOW UP ON ACTION TAKEN AND SPREAD THE WORD ALL YOU'RE ABLE!
Comment by judy on July 2, 2009 at 8:14am
its the not knowing, that hurts the most, ever story needs a ending, that is what we are looking for a ending,
Comment by Jan Smolinski on January 31, 2009 at 7:03pm
Sharon hang in there my friend there are many people who care. It sure isn't fair but there are authorities watching the case. On Peace4 alone there are many who care and are suffering similar tragedies senselessly . Take care may the good Lord watch over you.
Hug & Always Hope,
Comment by Sharon Garry on January 31, 2009 at 5:51pm
Have you ever cried so hard your whole body just throbbed with pain? OMG I miss them so much! So wrong, so one should ever be taken from us this way. Please God help us find some answers!
Comment by Sheryl McCollum on December 26, 2008 at 10:44am
Still taking cases for textbook - if you would like more information contact me
Comment by Jan Smolinski on December 21, 2008 at 8:20am
The technology is available to solve some of these cold cases. The new NamUs program by the NIJ is in place ready for entries and in be in full swing as soon as they make their major announcement, which will be any day. There is the DNA collection by law enforcement that should be entered into the CODIS system (national, state and local) Coroners and Medical Examiners should always take samples from remains and upload into the CODIS database. This is NOT always done. The remains are buried or destroyed by some Coroners/Medical Examiners,in this country to this day, families will never have a chance to know. Recently I talked with a medical examiner from Florida who said he had 272 remains in his office that needed DNA collection and to be entered into CODIS.
We were at a conference and he was just educated on how to perform and enter the DNA properly. Actually he could not wait to get back and start the process.
I think a lot of Law enforcement and Coroners/Medical Examiners want to do the right thing they just need to be educated. CSI we are not, right now we need to catch up. The technology is certainly available.

Writing comments like this one may reach the right eyes.

Maybe missing loved ones can be found or the unidenitfied will finally have an idenity and at least let the families get some much needed answers.
Always Hope,
Comment by Diana's Daughter Christine on December 20, 2008 at 10:00pm
I believe that some of the children that disappeared so long ago may still be alive today. Thank you so very much for remembering the cold cases and not letting the children and adults be forgotten. I will always hold onto hope!!
Comment by Sheryl McCollum on December 20, 2008 at 9:16pm
Anyone with a Cold Case that they would like highlighted in a Cold Case Investiagtions Textbook please send me a message and I will explaine the project. Thanks
Comment by Gwen Johnson on December 19, 2008 at 12:56am
Thank you delilah this is a good one we need this so badly because someone is still missing them.

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