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Melissa McGuinn: Baby missing since 1988 from Trenton

Melissa McGuinn, born Aug. 3, 1987,  was only 7-months-old when she went missing from her home on the 600 block of Lumberton Street, Trenton, NJ on March 7, 1988.

Melissa had reddish-blonde hair when she was a baby and it could be that color or even dark brown like her mother’s.
 

Wanda Reed, who had the mental capacity of a 6-year-old were sharing a home with the McGuinns.  Reed had an infant son and Becky and her would take turns watching each other’s baby.  Reed walked out of the house with Melissa and returned later alone.  She told authorities she had given the baby away to throwing her into the river.  Wanda was evaluated as unfit to stand trial.

Becky McGuinn House, Melissa’s mother and Anna Canard who has been working on the case believes that Melissa is still alive, but does not know what happened to her.  With attention brought to the case there is a possibility that Melissa might realize that she is the baby that went missing 26-years-ago.

“It’s just a matter of time before she recognizes herself or someone else recognizes her or someone else who was afraid to say something back that might come forward and say ‘hey you know what, I know what happened’,” Canard said.

Reed said she took Melissa because she got more attention than her son.

Detective Paul Sciortino, Stajanov has been re-interviewing witnesses  in an effort to finally new leads, reports the Daily Mail.

‘I absolutely believe that she’s still out there,’ said Sciortino.Robert Earl McGuinn, Melissa’s father died in 2008.  Becky is still alive and residing in Arkansas. 

House was given a lie detector test in 2011 that cleared her of any involvement with her daughter’s disappearance.  Larry Via, a friend of the McGuinns’ who was sleeping on the couch that morning was interviewed by the police.

DNA tests have been given to several young women but none turned out to be Melissa.

The charges against Reed were dropped because a judge determined she was mentally unfit to stand trial and the case was dismissed.

 
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