Police look for missing woman Hasn't been seen since leaving mall

November 15, 1990|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore police continued their search for a missing 19-year-old woman, who disappeared three days ago after buying a leather coat at Mondawmin Mall, according to her mother.

When Melissa Watkins, of the 5000 block of Denview Ave., failed to return home Monday after driving her mother's 1982 Ford Escort to Mondawmin Mall to purchase a leather coat, her boyfriend, Guy Williams, of the same address, became alarmed.

The beige, four-door car turned up yesterday, but the woman didn't. An Eastern District officer spotted the Escort, with tags XRA-870, in the 5400 block of Force Road, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

"We will tow the car in here and process it through" for fingerprints and other clues, police spokesman Dennis Hill said.

"We don't suspect anything, but we're concerned about her whereabouts," Hill said.

The woman, who has a three-month-old daughter, left home at about 11:45 a.m. Monday to go to Mondawmin Mall in northwest Baltimore to buy a coat, said her mother, Carolyn Watkins, of the 3600 block of Erdman Ave.

Williams carried a photograph of Melissa, also known as "Missy," to the mall and asked several merchants if they had seen her. Employees in Butler's Shoe Store and Leather and Fur Ranch said they had, Carolyn Watkins said.

She bought the leather coat from Leather and Fur Ranch, she said. "That's the last time anyone has seen her."

After Williams and his brother, Tyrone Williams, searched the parking lot of that mall and others and called her girlfriends, they notified police later Tuesday afternoon.

"We have no idea what could have happened to her," Tyrone Williams said. "We're trying to be positive, but it's so out of character for her. For her to go away for a few days without talking to her mother is crazy."

When Melissa Watkins, an asthmatic, left home, she left her medicine at home, Tyrone Williams said. He also said she's a real shy person, who doesn't have a lot of friends.

A 1989 graduate of Dunbar High School and a June 1990 graduate of Stratford Business School, she was currently searching for a job, her family said.

She's described as 5 feet tall, weighing 120 pounds, with medium hair length.

On the day she disappeared, Melissa Watkins was supposed to take her mother to work, Tyrone Williams said. "She left her stranded."

Anyone with information can call police at 396-2444.

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