Melissa Erin Reiter

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Left: Melissa, circa 1992;
Right: Age-progression to age 18 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 23, 1992 from Queens, New York
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: January 17, 1991
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'9, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Melissa may use the last name Shoken.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Melissa was last seen on May 23, 1992 in the New York City borough of Queens. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Beth Shari Reiter, after the courts awarded custody of Melissa to her father. A photograph and vital statistics for Beth are posted below this case summary. Neither Beth nor Melissa have ever been heard from again. They may still be in the New York area.

    Some agencies state that Melissa was kidnapped from Little Neck, New York.

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    Beth Shari Reiter
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    Above: Beth, circa 1992

    Date of Birth: December 23, 1961
    Age: 30 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'3, 110 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Beth may use the last name Shoken.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York City Police Department
    212-374-6918

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
    New York Missing Persons
    The Queens Tribune

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 7, 2009; age-progression updated.

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