That first lead didn’t pan out, but Stajanov and Det. Paul Sciortino have been pouring over old police reports and re-interviewing witnesses. They hope to find any element that will help solve the mystery of what happened to baby Melissa.
“I absolutely believe that she's still out there,” said Sciortino.
In a stroke of luck the investigators actually have a sample of Melissa’s DNA. The hospital where she was born kept her newborn blood sample. So if they find Melissa, there will be no problem confirming her real identity.
So far four women in their mid-twenties matching Melissa’s description have been tested. Three of them were not a match. Detectives are awaiting DNA results on the fourth. House waits patiently for news of her daughter and never stops searching.
“There’s not a young lady that I’ve walked past that I don’t look and wonder,” she said. “I feel one of these days, I’m going to walk up and actually look at myself, just younger. And it’s going to be her.”
Have a tip on this case? Contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or visiting their website, http://www.missingkids.com/