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Vanessa, circa 1997; Age progression forensics photo to age 29 (circa 2010)

Missing Since 05/31/1997

Missing From Winton, California

Classification Endangered Missing

Sex Female

Race White

Date of Birth Used 12/26/1981 (39)

Age 15 years old

Height and Weight 5'6, 130 pounds

Clothing/Jewelry Description A light blue dress with silver-colored metal buttons, a white belt, and an elastic waist; white hurache sandals with uppers of woven leather straps and flat heels; and a black head cover. Carrying a walking stick.

Details of Disappearance
Vanessa 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. She usually went with her mother, but this time she went alone. She has never been heard from again. Her family notified police when she did not return by dark.

Vanessa'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 Vanessa's normal route and was approximately 200 yards east of her residence. There was no sign of her at the scene. She left her purse behind; it contained her savings. She also left a cherished watch at her home.

Vanessa does not have a history of running away and is described as being close to her family members. She belonged to a Mennonite church at the time of her disappearance. Authorities do not believe she left of her own accord. Her case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency / Department

Merced County Sheriff's Department



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