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Melissa Ann Espinoza (12) - Rancho Cordova CA, 1993
Missing Since: December 2, 1993 from Rancho Cordova, California
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: September 23, 1981
Age: 12 years old
Height and Weight: 5'1, 125 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Espinoza's hair was permed at the time of her 1993 disappearance. She has a homemade tattoo of a heart encircling the letter "M" near the thumb of one of her hands.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black Chicago Bulls jacket, black pants and black low-top Nike shoes.
Details of Disappearance
Espinoza was last seen in her hometown of Rancho Cordova, California on December 1, 1993. She had an argument with her mother at 11:00 p.m. on December 1 and left the house angry. At 3:00 the next morning, she was seen sitting on a car hood in the parking lot of an apartment complex on White Rock Road. Espinoza and her family had lived in the complex before January 1993, when there was a fire and they moved. The area around the White Rock Road complex was frequented by pimps and drug dealers in 1993 and was considered dangerous.
Espinoza's parents are divorced. She had lived with her father and two older siblings in Sacramento, California in 1993, but moved in with her mother and younger brother a month before her disappearance. She has a history of running away after arguments, but had always returned within a short time. Espinoza was close to her brother at the time of her disappearance; he says she would have never been gone this long without contacting him. She also called her grandmother daily. Espinoza's brother stated he saw some suspicious people near her apartment in the days prior to her disappearance, and he believes they may have been involved in her case. No one has been charged in connection with her disappearance, however, and no one is named as a suspect.
Due to the lack of clues in Espinoza's case, it is classified as a non-family abduction. She is considered to be missing under suspicious circumstances and foul play is suspected in her disappearance.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Sacramento County Sheriff's Office
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