Melinda Karen Creech

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Top Row and Bottom Three from Left: Melinda, circa 1979;
Bottom Far Right: Age-progression to age 46 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 4, 1979 from Anderson, Indiana
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date of Birth: September 21, 1965
  • Age: 13 years old
  • 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.
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    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.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Madison County Sheriff's Office




    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Indianapolis Star
    Melinda Karen Creech has been Missing for over 26 Years
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    The Herald Bulletin
    The Laura Recovery Center Foundation


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 24, 2012; age-progression updated.

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