Melissa Hochschmied, who was taken away as a baby, was relocated to South Carolina about 1,000 miles away. The US woman was taken away from her family as a baby 51 years ago, but she is now reunited with her family. Even if they don’t know who she is yet, her family is very happy after so many years.
When was Melissa Highsmith kidnapped?
Aged 21 months, Melissa Highsmith—who is now 53— was kidnapped from her home in Fort Worth, Texas. Her family spent a lot of time looking for their beloved daughter, but they were only able to find her later when they finally did.
We cannot ignore the home part DNA test kit used in the investigation into Melissa Highsmith. When family members learned that her DNA matched Melissa’s children, they were shocked.
How was Melissa Highsmith found?
Then, in September, Highsmith’s relatives received a tip that she was near Charleston, which is more than 1,100 miles from Fort Worth, according to the WCIV. The 23andMe DNA test results, Melissa’s birthmark, and her birthday helped the family prove Melissa was the girl they kidnapped 51 years earlier.
Melissa was reunited with her mother, father and two of her four siblings on Saturday during a celebration at the family’s church in Fort Worth, according to a statement from the group acquired by the group watchman on Monday.
Sister Victoria Garner noted in the statement: “I couldn’t stop crying.” I was thrilled and still have trouble understanding that my sister was right in front of me and that we had found her.
In the family statement, Sharon Highsmith, another sister who lives in Spain and plans to meet Melissa this Christmas, spoke about how her family had called the police for help. But it was her own private search for Melissa that included the 23andMe test that paid off.
Sharon Highsmith said her family reached out to Lisa Jo Schiele, a clinical laboratory scientist and amateur genealogist, to help them figure out how to read key DNA results and search public records to find Melissa .
Sharon Highsmith said: “Our family was hurt by the way this case was handled by the government“For now, we just want to get to know Melissa, welcome her to the family, and make up for 50 years of lost time.”
On Monday it was not immediately clear what happened to the babysitter. The deadline to take the babysitter to court was 20 years after Highsmith’s 18.
Who kidnapped Melissa Highsmith?
There are still many unanswered questions surrounding Melissa’s disappearance, such as who took her, why did they protect her, and if hurting her wasn’t on their list, why did they take her? The girl’s family have no idea the woman who raised her was the one who took her in the first place.
They couldn’t decide what to do because they didn’t know whether their guardian had rescued them or taken their beloved daughter away from them. The Fort Worth police work well with the family. They are said to have told them that they will look into it, even though the time limit for filing charges has long since expired.
Melissa Highsmith was abducted from her Texas home in 1971. Her disappearance, thanks to a DNA kit, sparked a decade-long search with no solid leads. The family was reunited with the woman they last saw as an infant.
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Alta Apantenco placed a newspaper ad in August 1971 to find a babysitter for their daughter Melissa, who was about 2 years old at the time. The woman immediately contacted Apatenco, and the two agreed to meet at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress. But the woman never showed up.
Another babysitter called later. She said she has a backyard and used to babysit other kids there. So she asked Apatenco if she could take care of Melissa from there. The woman seemed very keen to hear from Apatenco because she needed children to keep her job. Aoatenco finally agreed.
Melissa Highsmith was dropped off by Apatenco’s roommate, and the woman picked her up when Apatenco left early for work. But, based on what her roommate said, the mystery woman in white gloves never gave the boy back.
After that, the family began to search for their daughter. They placed advertisements in newspapers, participated in discussion forums, and rushed to states where they thought they had a lead.
Jeffrie Highsmith and Apatenco finally got to see their daughter for the first time in 51 years on Saturday. It was a very emotional reunion. At the moment they are waiting for the test results to find out if Melanie is really Melissa.