Back in the late summer of 1991, Melissa Collins was a teen mom. The 17-year-old had run away from home for a month while she was pregnant, but even during that time, she called home to let her family know that she was safe. However, when she disappeared and was never heard from again, her loved ones feared the worse, especially because Melissa was known to speak with her mother daily.
At the time of her disappearance, Melissa was subletting an apartment in Akron, Ohio from an unnamed woman who was living with a mentally ill man known for his drug use named Raymond “Sweet Pea” Smith. The teen has recently given birth to her daughter, Jasmine Kirlissa Collins, and according to reports, the mother-daughter duo was last seen by Smith who told authorities that he spotted them walking toward the grocery store at around 7:30 p.m. that evening.
According to authorities, there is no evidence to suggest that Melissa had any traveling plans and she didn’t take any money or items with her when she left. Not long after Melissa and Jasmine disappeared, Smith reportedly vacated his home only to return days later “wearing bloody clothing.” While he has been named as the primary suspect in the case, Smith was never charged. The year following Melissa and Jasmine’s disappearances, Smith committed suicide.
Melissa is described as being biracial (black and white), 5 feet 3 inches tall, and 120 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes, and a scar on her upper left arm. Her nicknames are “Lisa” and “Lisaboone.” She would be 46-years-old at the time of this publication.
Jasmine was less than a year old. She has black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. She would be 29-years-old at the time of this publication.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Akron Police Department at (330) 375-2552 or their local authorities.
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