Missing woman's kin still searches for clues

November 16, 1990|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

The family of a missing 19-year-old East Baltimore woman is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

In the meantime, they resumed their search.

Yesterday, 15 to 20 family members and friends of Melissa Watkins searched the woods and neighborhoods near where police on Wednesday found the car she was using when she disappeared Monday. Watkins, of the 5000 block of Denview Ave., failed to return home after buying a full-length leather coat at a store in Mondawmin Mall in northwest Baltimore.

The beige 1982 Ford Escort that belonged to Watkins' mother, was found between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday near Frankford Avenue and Force Road, police said. Police examined it for fingerprints and other clues.

Watkins, who has a 3-month-old daughter, was last seen about 1 p.m. Monday in the mall after she purchased the coat. Her family said she left about 11:45 a.m. that day to shop.

"We have no clues," said Valerie Williams, 31, Watkins' aunt. "We have nothing new."

Williams said her family has distributed 200 fliers with information on her niece. About 400 more were printed yesterday.

"We've put them on peoples' cars, in businesses, in everybody's job," Williams said. "A lot of people have come by to get them to distribute them too."

Carolyn Watkins, Melissa's mother, is taking her daughter's disappearance "very hard," Williams said. "But we're trying to keep the faith."

Anyone with information can call 396-2444.

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