Find Missing Melissa Lee Brannen!

Missing Child, Abduction, Suspicious Disappearance, Cold Case, Convicted Suspect

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Find Missing Melissa Lee Brannen!

Find Missing Melissa Lee Brannen!

Find Missing Melissa Lee Brannen!
She was last seen at a Christmas party
With her mother.
She and her mother were going to leave the party.
Melissa went to get a snack
And has never been seen or heard from again.
This happened over 29 years ago.
Where is Melissa Lee Brannen?

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Details

Find Missing Melissa Lee Brannen!

Missing Person: Melissa Lee Brannen
Missing Since
12/03/1989
Missing From
Lorton, Virginia
Classification
Non-Family Abduction
Date of Birth
04/13/1984 (34 to 35 years old current age)
Age when last seen
5 years old
Height and Weight
3’0, 38 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description
A pink hooded jacket, a navy blue acrylic J.C. Penney sweater with red and blue plaid sleeves, navy blue cuffs and a yellow applique of the Sesame Street character Big Bird on the front, a red and blue plaid cotton skirt, red tights and black patent leather shoes with gold bows. Photos of Melissa’s coat, sweater and skirt are posted with this case summary.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Melissa has a burn scar on her right forearm.

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Clothes Melissa was wearing when she was last seen
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Clothes Melissa was wearing when she was last seen
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Clothes Melissa was wearing when she was last seen

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Circumstances

Melissa Lee Brannen was last seen at a holiday party. They were in the Woodside Apartment Clubhouse. This incident occurred at approximately 10:00 P.M. on December 3, 1989 in Lorton, Virginia. Her family resided in the apartment complex. Melissa and her mother were about to leave the party but Melissa went to get some more potato chips before they left, and was never seen again. There were approximately eighty guests present at the party at the time.

Caleb Daniel Hughes emerged as a suspect in Melissa’s case almost immediately. Hughes was employed as a groundskeeper at Woodside Apartments at the time of Melissa’s disappearance; he had worked there for only about two weeks.

He was a guest at Melissa’s family’s party the evening of her disappearance. He had been sitting near her when she was last seen, and left at approximately the same time the child was discovered missing. He had a criminal record prior to Melissa’s disappearance, but not for violent or sexual offenses.

Investigators looked for Hughes right after Melissa’s disappearance was discovered. But they did not find him until 1:00 a.m. the next day. He had already put his party clothes in the washing machine. The FBI took blood, hair and fiber evidence from Hughes’s maroon Honda and tested it in a forensic laboratory.

The laboratory found that Melissa could be a source for the hair and the bloodstains, which were found on some tissues in the car, but so could 40% of the general population. Further testing ruled out Melissa as a source for the stains. However, rabbit hairs found in the car matched Melissa’s rabbit-fur jacket and there were many blue fibers that matched her sweater and some red fibers consistent with her skirt.

Hughes was convicted of abducting Melissa with the intent to defile in 1991. And he was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He has always maintained his innocence in Melissa’s case. He is an inmate at Bland Correctional Center and his expected release date is October 2025.

Two other men were convicted of attempting to extort ransom money from Melissa’s mother shortly after her daughter’s disappearance. The individuals were not connected to her actual abduction. Melissa has never been located. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

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Appeal

Melissa Lee Brannen has been missing for over 29 years. Partial justice is being served, as the suspect is convicted in Melissa’s abduction. But he is expected to get out of prison in over 25 years. It doesn’t tell her family if Melissa is alive or not, or lead to her whereabouts. What actually happened to Melissa when or after she went to grab a snack at that Christmas party so many years ago? Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Melissa Lee Brannen? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) responsible for her disappearance?

If you have any information, please contact the Fairfax County Police (Virginia) – Missing Persons Unit – 1-703-691-8888. You may contact the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department at: 1-703-246-7800. You may contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 1-202-324-3000 or your local FBI office. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678. You may call 9-1-1 or your local police.

NCMEC Case Number: 732677
NamUs Case Number: MP1797
Agency Case Number: 893371483

Melissa Lee Brannen has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. Click here to view it.
Melissa Lee Brannen has a NamUs profile. Click here to view it.
This is a lengthy, detailed article, published when Melissa Brannen reached her 10th annual missing date. Click here to learn more.
This is a detailed, illustrated blog article about Melissa Brannen. Click here to learn more.
This is an FBI video appeal for Melissa Brannen. Click here to view it.
This is a Wikipedia page for Melissa Brannen. Click here to learn more.
Melissa Lee Brannen has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children profile. The above image is courtesy of this profile. Click here to view it.
The above information and images are found on Melissa Lee Brannen’s Charley Project page.I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.

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I'm a Christian, meaning that I have a relationship with God, through trust in HIs Son Jesus. I'm a pro-life blogger, and I have three websites, focused on the sanctity of life. The first one is https://neverabortion.com, which is specific to calling for an end to abortion through educating people about alternatives and pro-life news and opinions. The second site, https://alllivesaresacred.com, is also devoted to ending abortion through reaching out to moms in crisis and educating them on alternatives. This second site has the broader aim of celebrating the sanctity of all human life. Born and unborn. I want to reach a broad audience through the second site. The third site, https://www.missingadultskids.com, is devoting to finding missing persons, identifying the unidentified, and bringing justice to victims of crime.

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