Melissa Highsmith, Missing For 51 Years, Found In Fort Worth

  • Melissa Highsmith went missing when she was kidnapped by a babysitter at her parents’ Fort Worth home in 1971. She was just 22 months old at the time of her disappearance.
  • Over the next 51 years, Highsmith’s family and police searched diligently for her, even following up on recent tips about possible sightings in North Carolina.
  • In the end, however, Melissa was found living in Fort Worth under the name Melanie Walden.
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