Becky and Robert McGuinn kindly took in a special needs woman, to help teach her how to take care of her young son. March 7, 1988 Wanda Reed vanished out the back door with the McGuinn's 7 month old daughter Melissa. 8 minutes later Wanda returned alone. Melissa was never seen again.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Melissa

Hi Melissa, or whatever your name may be now,
My name is Anna. If you are reading this then I'm sure you know by now who I am. I first learned of your disappearance in 2012, and since then I've been trying everything I can to locate you. I couldn't really tell you why, I just have always felt I was supposed to find you. I've helped find missing children before. Once I helped locate the body of a murdered boy, another time I spoke to a child abductor over facebook and convinced him to return the child alive and unharmed.  I've aided with planning prayer vigils, search parties, and flyer campaigns in a dozen other cases before you.

I often wonder if you have any idea where you come from, if you have been treated right, and whether you are alive or dead.
Many lives were changed the day you went away.
The thought crossed my mind today, that by 27 years old, you've probably figured out something, and maybe you just love your life so don't want to bring this up.

I would love to move on to other missing childrens cases, but I'm so invested in your case, with the countless hours I've spent talking about it, and the many thousands of miles I've driven while looking for answers.

I hope you know there's ways to put an end to this. You don't have to come out publicly, dealing with all the media, and your bio family, and all the craziness that goes along with a missing child being found. But please, give some kind of sign that you are alive and alright.

797,500 children younger than 18 were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.In New Jersey there are 57 missing children. Most are found quickly, but some are never found, and need a lot more support, time, and resources to find them.  The detectives have put a lot of time and resources into finding you, and so have I.

If you are ok, and enjoy the life you have had, wouldn't you want that time and effort to go to another child who is not ok? A child who is not safe? A child who is unloved, and abused? Take Jaycee Duggard for example; a girl who was kidnapped, raped, beaten, starved, and brain washed for over 10 years. Forced to give birth to her rapist's 2 children, then pretend they were her sisters.

There's nearly 8,000 people now talking about you and looking for you. This blog has had almost 50,000 views. If you feel you don't need to be found, wouldn't you want all those people talking about and looking for another missing child who does need to be found?

Please contact the police, and just let them know they can take you off the missing persons list. Or reach out to me to tell me I can move on.

Until you do, we will keep wondering if you are alive or dead, abused or in danger, and lives will continue to be hurt because of not knowing what happened to you. We will keep worrying that you are living the kind of life Jaycee did.

I wish you the best in life, and thank you for at least taking the time to read this.
I hope that one day I can meet you, but if not, that's ok. I just want to know you are alive and well.



  1. Anna,
    You are an angel!

  2. i so beleave melissa is alive in trenton or the surrounding area

  3. I'm so so sorry But that baby never lived past that first night. It's very obvious that Wanda threw her into the river. It's so so sad but I don't see any other reasonable outcome...

    1. Jessy, you can't write such things, shame on you! As long as the youg girl has not been found, nobody, exept Reed, knows what happened and hope remains actual.
      But if you are so sure about what you write, you must know something: Tell it! For the mother!

  4. I had a red pigment on my right abb like a strawberry growing up. And I have one other mark I wont state here. I also have a distinctive cowlick on the right side of my forehead.