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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    TX - Melissa Alaniz, 12, El Paso, 7 March 1987

    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.
    Dentals: Available
    DNA: Available

    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.

    Two weeks before Melissa vanished, she ran away from home after a family argument. She returned after two days, however, and authorities don't believe she left of her own accord again when she vanished in March 1987

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

    Texas Department of Public Safety
    El Paso Police Department

    Agency Case Number: R8901009

    NamUs 2782

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    The other 2 missing gals

    Marjorie Knox - She attended a Valentine's Day party at Veterans Park in the northeast part of the city. Witnesses saw a young man driving a small truck pull up at the entrance to the park and speak to Marjorie. She disappeared a short time later. Someone saw her walking in Chaparral, New Mexico on Chaparral Street, an unpaved and unlit road, at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. the next day. Marjorie lived with her family on Byrum Street in Chaparral, a small town about 25 miles from El Paso. She has never been heard from again.

    Cheryl Vasquez - At the time of her dispapearance, Vasquez worked at a fast food restaurant on Dyer Street and at the <i>Matador Plastics</i> factory in northeast El Paso. Dismukes's mother-in-law claims she knows people who saw her alive after her disappearance, but police believe foul play was involved in her case and Wood was responsible.

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    Mar 2011
    13-year-old kidnapped in Northeast El Paso 26 years ago

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  5. #5
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    May 2013
    Melissa Alaniz: Born Mar 17, 1974

    Missing Date: Mar 7, 1987

    Missing From: El Paso, TX

    Melissa was last seen on the evening of March 7, 1987 when she left her residence to walk to a nearby convenience store. Melissa was last seen wearing a black Iron Maiden t-shirt, jeans, white socks with blue or red stripes on the top, and white tennis shoes.


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