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08-12-2005, 11:07 AM
Melissa Lee Brannen Missing since December 3, 1989 from Lorton, VA

Melissa Lee Brannen
Missing since December 3, 1989 from Lorton, Fairfax County, Virginia.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: April 13, 1984
Age at Time of Disappearance: 5 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3'0; 38 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Light brown hair; blue eyes.
Marks, Scars: A burn scar on her right forearm.
Clothing: A navy blue sweater with a yellow Big Bird applique; a blue and red plaid skirt; red tights; black patent leather shoes with gold bows; and a pink hooded jacket.

Circumstances of Disappearance

Melissa Lee Brannen was last seen during a holiday party at the Woodside Apartment Clubhouse in Lorton, Virginia on December 3, 1989. Her family resided in the apartment complex at the time. She disappeared from the festivities and has never been seen again.

Caleb D. Hughes was developed as a suspect within hours of the abduction. Hughes was employed as a groundskeeper at Woodside Apartments at the time of Brannen's disappearance. The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) examined blood and fiber evidence from Hughes' vehicle in the weeks following Brannen's disappearance. He was convicted of abducting Brannen with the intent to defile in 1991. Two other men were convicted of attempting to extort ransom momey from Brannen's mother shortly after her daughter's disappearance. The individuals were not connected to her actual abduction.

If you have any information concerning Brannen's whereabouts or the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, please contact:

Fairfax County Sheriff's Department , Lt. John DeMaria , 703-246-7800 OR

NCIC Number: M-395923188
The Doe Network: Case File 159DFVA

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children


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