Melissa Ann Collins

1 AP
Left: Melissa, circa 1991;
Right: Age-progression to age 36 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 8, 1991 from Akron, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 25, 1973
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Melissa has a scar on her upper left arm. Her ears and nose are pierced. Her nicknames are Lisa and Lisaboone.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gold chain necklace.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Melissa and her infant daughter, Jasmine Collins, were last seen leaving their apartment in Akron, Ohio on August 8, 1991. They were walking to a grocery store four blocks from their residence when they both disappeared. Melissa did not have additional cash or supplies for either of them, nor did she have any travel plans. Neither Melissa nor Jasmine has been seen again.

    The last person to claim he saw Melissa and Jasmine was also the prime suspect in their cases. Raymond "Sweet Pea" Smith was staying with a woman who sublet her apartment to Melissa at the time. Smith claimed that Melissa and Jasmine walked to the store at approximately 7:30 p.m. the evening they vanished. Smith left his home shortly after they departed. He returned to the apartment building one to two days later in August 1991 wearing bloody clothing. Smith was never charged in either of the Collins cases. He had a history of mental illness and drug usage. Smith committed suicide in 1992. The Collins cases are still unsolved, but foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Akron Police Department
    330-375-2530

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Akron Police Department
    NamUs
    Child Quest International Inc.

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 4, 2011; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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