CA CA - Vanessa Smith, 15, Winton, 31 May 1997

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  1. MagnoliaMountain

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    Missing Since: May 31, 1997 from Winton, California
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: December 26, 1981
    Age: 15
    Height: 5'6"
    Weight: 130 lbs.
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Eye Color: Blue
    Race: White
    Gender: Female

    Distinguishing Characteristics: Smith has a birthmark
    on her right arm which extends from her shoulder to her elbow.

    Clothing: Light blue dress with silver buttons, white
    sandals and a black head cover.

    Case Number: 9715625; NCMC833448
    NCIC Number:M-033264093

    Details of Disappearance:
    Smith was last seen leaving her family's residence on Winton Way in 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. She was carrying her walking stick. Smith has never been heard from again.

    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 on Winton Way. There was no sign of her at the scene.
    Smith left her purse at her residence, which contained her savings, and also left a cherished watch at her home.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Merced County Sheriff's Department
    (209) 385-7444
    (209) 385-7551


    http://www.nampn.org/cases/smith_vanessa.html

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/smith_vanessa.html

    http://missingincalifornia.com/vanessasmith1997.html

    http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/VanessaDSmith/
     
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    Bumping for this beautiful girl.
     
  5. leilarose68

    leilarose68 Well-Known Member

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    This case is so sad. There will probably only be a break in the case if there's a total surge in publicity or something. So sad that there is NOTHING to go off of.
    I don't know anything about Winton, California, do you? Is it a sleepy town? I wonder if everyone knew everyone. Were there any other disappearances vaguely in the same area at that time? documented predators?
     
  6. MagnoliaMountain

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    I know nothing about Winton and its inhabitants, honestly. I think this case could only be solved if the predator starts talking or if someone that knows something steps forward. This could also be another Jaycee Lee Dugard scenario though. It's clear it was an abduction and she didn't run away, nothing indicates that.
     
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    Ooo wow. According to wiki: Winton was mentioned by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the early 1970s while reading information from a magazine. It was noted that, at the time, Winton had the highest crime rate for a city its size in the nation.
    Currently a crime rate of 47 per 1000 residents. currently mostly hispanic and low income it seems
     
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    Bumping for Vanessa.
     
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    ***Bumping for Vanessa*** Reviewing her case at work today and wishing someone would come forward after all these years, especially during the holidays.
     
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    LE asking for tips in the case of Vanessa Dawn Smith.

    http://www.mcntvnews.com/law-enforcement-asking-for-tips-on-girl-missing-since-1997-vanessa-dawn-smith/

    On May 31, 1997, Vanessa Dawn Smith went for a walk near the family’s Winton home and disappeared, never to be seen again.

    Based on evidence, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office believes, the then 15-year-old girl was abducted.

    The California governor’s office is also offering a $50,000.00 reward for information leading to Vanessa’s whereabouts or the arrest of her abductor.
     
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    Girl missing for 19 years, mother still hopeful

    http://kmph-kfre.com/news/local/girl-missing-for-19-years-mother-still-hopeful

     
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    http://www.mcntvnews.com/2015/11/20...n-girl-missing-since-1997-vanessa-dawn-smith/
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    Vanessa Dawn Smith age progressed
     

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    Almost 20 years later, missing Winton girl would be 35

    http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/article122942889.html

     
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    Came across this case and sad to see lack of leads. Anyone familiar with this area in CA?
     
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    Came across this morning and this girl resembles Abigail Williams so much by her appearance. The Abigail Williams & Liberty German case thread and Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook case thread have been recently (in good reason) so popular as of late but can we take a moment to maybe find anything to help this case and her mother reach justice?

    I was the kid that was forgotten. Days went by without food or shelter by the age of six. I excelled in school whenever I had a home to do homework but I made the decision to not stand out after winning academic awards bc there was always two seats empty and the parents whispering, "That's the girl with no parents." I found this forum and want to help find answers for those kids that were like me. Thank you.
     
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    rbbm.


     
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    Sorry that you experienced such difficult times as a youngster, luckily, the combination of compassion and brains may help make wonderful things can happen!
     
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