Missing Since: May 23, 1992 from Queens, New York
Classification: Family Abduction
Date of Birth: January 17, 1991
Age: 1 year old
Height and Weight: 2'9, 30 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Melissa may use the last name Shoken.

Details of Disappearance

Melissa was last seen on May 23, 1992 in the New York City borough of Queens. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Beth Shari Reiter, after the courts awarded custody of Melissa to her father. A photograph and vital statistics for Beth are posted below this case summary. Neither Beth nor Melissa have ever been heard from again. They may still be in the New York area.

Some agencies state that Melissa was kidnapped from Little Neck, New York.




Above: Beth, circa 1992
Date of Birth: December 23, 1961
Age: 30 years old
Height and Weight: 5'3, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Beth may use the last name Shoken.


Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New York City Police Department

212-374-6918