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Missing Melissa Alaniz
Melissa, circa 1987; Age progression forensics photo to age 41 (circa 2015); David Wood
Missing Since 03/07/1987
El Paso, Texas
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 03/17/1974 (47)
Age 12 years old
Height and Weight 5'2, 105 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A black t-shirt with the Iron Maiden band logo, black and white checked jeans, white socks with red and blue stripes on top, and white sneakers.
Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Melissa's ears are pierced..
Details of Disappearance Melissa was last seen in El Paso, Texas on March 7, 1987. She went out to play video games at a convenience store off Rushing and never returned to her residence in the 10400 block of Orpheus in the northeast part of the city. She has never been heard from again.
Two weeks earlier, Melissa had run away from home after a family argument. She returned after only two days, however, and authorities don't believe she left of her own accord again when she went missing in March 1987.
David Leonard Wood, a serial rapist who was paroled in January 1987, was later convicted of murdering six of the El Paso victims, though he maintains his innocence to this day. He was sentenced to death in 1993, but his sentence remains under appeal, as his lawyers allege he is mentally retarded.
The murders of El Paso girls and women stopped after Wood's October 1987 arrest for rape. He has not been charged in connection with Melissa's case and it's unclear whether he was involved. A photo of Wood is posted with this case summary. Melissa's disappearance remains unsolved.
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