Real Name: Michella Welch
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Date: March 16, 1986
Details: At 10AM on March 16, 1986, twelve-year-old Michella Welch took her two younger sisters to Puget Park in Tacoma. At 11AM, she went back home to make them lunch. When she returned to the park, she went looking for her sisters, who had went to a nearby business to use the restroom. When they returned, they could not find Michella. She was last seen at around 1:30PM, talking to an unidentified man.
Her sisters contacted police who began a search. At 11:30PM, a tracking dog found her body in a makeshift fire pit near the park. Her throat had been slit. Sadly, her murder remains unsolved. Police suspect that her murder might be related to the unsolved murder of Jenny Bastian.
Suspects: A thirteen-year-old classmate later told detectives he saw a man in the park that day under the Proctor Bridge who kept looking at the girls. The man was never found. He was described as white, 24 to 26, 5 feet 9 and skinny. He was wearing a blue jean jacket with holes in it, blue jeans and dirty, ripped white tennis shoes.
The unidentified man last seen with Michella was described as possibly Hispanic, 25 to 35, 5 feet 8 with black hair, a possible mustache and light-colored clothing.
Police suspected that convicted child killer David Fisher was involved in Michella's murder. However, he could not be located.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of a special alert in the December 6, 1989 episode, along with Carla Wright and Jenny Bastian.
Results: Unsolved. Fisher was arrested after the broadcast but was later ruled out in Michella's case. For years, police suspected that Jenny and Michella were killed by the same man. However, in 2016, DNA testing determined that they had been killed by different people. Composites were made of the killers based on their DNA profiles.
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