A United States (US) woman who was abducted when she was only 22 months old, was found by her family 51 years later. The announcement was made by The Fort Worth Police Department after completing DNA tests of the woman.

Melissa Highsmith was kidnapped in 1971 by her babysitter as a toddler. Highsmith did not know that she was kidnapped nor did she know her parents were looking for her as she grew up. She also went by the name Melanie Brown.

Melissa’s family took the help of a website that enables users to locate family members and construct a family history through DNA. This eventually led them to a woman in Fort Worth who was known as Melanie Brown.



“WE FOUND MELISSA!!!”announced the family on Facebook on November 22.

She was then reunited with her parents and two of her four siblings.