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Melissa Fadden (13) - Lowell MA, 1997
Missing Since: March 3, 1997 from Lowell, Massachusetts
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age: 13 years old
Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Fadden has a tattoo of the letter "M" on one of her arms. At the time of her March 1997 disappearance, she wore braces on her teeth.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black shirt with maroon stripes, black jeans, a gold necklace and gold earrings.
Details of Disappearance
Fadden was last seen by her mother inside their home on March 3, 1997. Her mother reported her missing two days later, on March 5.
In September 1999, a 32-year-old Lowell man named James Howley hung himself after being questioned in the kidnapping and murder of an eleven-year-old Lowell girl, Tabitha Potter. Potter's body was found in Shedd Park three days after she was reported missing. After Howley's death, police were able to identify him as the killer through DNA and other forensic testing. He knew Fadden and they were reportedly romantically involved.
Howley is considered a suspect in Fadden's disappearance. There have been many reports with regards to her whereabouts over the years, but none have panned out. Authorities are not ruling out the possibility of foul play in her disappearance, which remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Middlesex District Attorney's Office
Lowell Police Department
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