Michelle Lee Richardson

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Michelle, circa 1989;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 30 (circa 2002)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1, 1989 from Palestine, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 11, 1972
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red/blonde hair, blue eyes. Michelle has a U-shaped scar on her left arm. She occasionally wears eyeglasses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pink and white pullover sweatshirt, pink jogging pants and black sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Michelle was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Highway 322 in Palestine, Texas on May 1, 1989. She had told her mother she was going for a short walk. Her younger brother usually walked with her, but that day he stayed behind. Five minutes later he left the house and tried to catch up with his sister, but he couldn't find her. When Michelle didn't return home after 20 minutes, her mother sent someone out to look for her, but she was nowhere to be found. She has never been heard from again.

    Michelle left behind all her belongings, including her clothing and purse. She had a baby son and her loved ones don't believe she would have abandoned him. Foul play is suspected in Michelle's case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Anderson County Sheriff's Department
    903-729-6068

    OR
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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    Source Information
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    KLTV 7
    LostNMissing

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 12, 2013; picture added.

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