Melinda Karen Creech

Top Row and Bottom Three from Left: Melinda, circa 1979; Bottom Far Right: Age-progression to age 52 (circa 2017)

  • Missing Since 09/04/1979
  • Missing From Anderson, Indiana
  • Classification Endangered Runaway
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Blonde to light brown hair, blue eyes. Melinda's nickname is Mindy. She has previously fractured her lower arm, her ears are pierced and she has a small mole on her left eyebrow. She may use the alias first name Mandy or the alias middle name Dawn. Some agencies give her date of birth as September 21, 1964.

Details of Disappearance

Melinda was placed in the Blake House, an all-girls juvenile detention facility, in 1979 after she and another teenager were caught stealing motorcycles. She ran away from the facility on September 4 of that year. In 1994, Melinda's mother, Shirley Creech, told her other four children that a badly decomposed body found in New Jersey had been identified as Melinda. They believed her, although no funeral service was ever conducted for the child.

When Shirley died in 2003, Melinda's siblings found letters among her personal effects which stated that dental records had proved that the New Jersey body was not Melinda's. In 2004, police re-opened Melinda's missing persons case. They are currently tracking down and interviewing her old friends to see if any of them have heard from her. They do not know why Shirley lied to her family about Melinda's supposed death. Melinda's siblings have described Shirley as an extremely abusive parent. There has been no activity on Melinda's Social Security number since 1979. Her father is now also deceased.

Melinda's case remains unsolved. Some agencies give the date of her disappearance as September 5, 1979.

Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 3, 2017; age-progression updated.