03-25-2008, 01:23 AM #1Former Member
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Vanessa Dawn Smith (15) - Winton CA, 1997
Missing Since: May 31, 1997 from Winton, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: December 26, 1981
Age: 15 years old
Height and Weight: 5'6, 130 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Strawberry-blonde hair, blue eyes. Smith has a large birthmark on her right arm which extends from her shoulder to her elbow. She has a fair, freckled complexion and a scar on her left ear. Smith has Duane's Syndrome in her right eye; as a result, the eye drifts toward the inside.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue dress with silver buttons, a white belt, and an elastic waist; white hurache sandals (sandals with flat heels and uppers of woven leather straps); and a black head cover.
Details of Disappearance
Smith was last seen leaving her family's residence on Winton Way in rural Winton, California at approximately 7:00 p.m. on May 31, 1997. She was planning to take her usual walk through the neighborhood at the time. Smith was carrying her walking stick at the time of her disappearance. Smith has never been heard from again. Her family notified police when she did not return by dark.
Smith's walking stick was discovered along the side of Mercedes Avenue in Winton shortly after she failed to return home that evening. The location was along Smith's normal route and was approximately 200 yards east of her residence. There was no sign of her at the scene. Smith left her purse behind; it contained her savings. She also left a cherished watch at her home.
Smith does not have a history of running away and is described as being close to her family members. She is a member of a Mennonite church. Authorities do not believe she left of her own accord. Smith's case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Merced County Sheriff's Department
06-30-2013, 03:03 PM #2Former Member
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