Rachel Marie Mellon is a 13-year-old girl who was last seen taking a nap in bedroom at her family home in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on the 31st of January 1996. Rachel was staying home from school that day due to having a sore throat. She was wrapped in a blue blanket.
Rachel’s stepfather, Vincent Mellon, stated that he and Rachel were playing video games together before she fell asleep. As Rachel was sleeping, Vincent decided to take the family’s dog out for a walk at 2:30pm. He said that he left the front door unlocked whilst he was gone. Vincent said that because the dog slipped out of it’s leash and chased a rabbit, he was out longer than he wanted to be and he didn’t return to the house until 30 minutes later.
The police have said that Vincent never checked on Rachel when he returned home, but Vincent said that he did notice that Rachel was not at home when he got back. Rachel was reported missing at 5pm that evening, when her mother and some other relatives returned home.
Rachel has not been seen, or heard from, since.
The blanket and pillows that Rachel was sleeping in were also gone, and they have not been found. Rachel’s winter coat, clothes and shoes were all left behind, alongside her purse and Walkman. It was incredibly cold that day, and authorities have stated that Rachel would not have lasted long if she was outside. There was no sign of forced entry to the house, and an extensive search of the surrounding areas yielded no results.
There was a theory that some of Rachel’s relatives took her out of state, but this theory has since been discarded. Rachel’s bank account has not been touched since her disappearance, and there is no evidence that she had purchased bus or plane tickets to travel anywhere.
In 2000, Rachel’s case was reopened and a grand jury was convened to investigate. Vincent gave blood, semen, saliva and hair samples to authorities.
Vincent has been a suspect in Rachel’s case for several years. He had scratches on his body after her disappearance, which he claims he got when he was repairing his car. He also has a long history of domestic abuse, and he failed lie detector tests in connection with Rachel’s disappearance. Furthermore, in one of Rachel’s diary entries written months before she disappeared, she wrote that Vincent had kissed her and been touching her inappropriately.
The grand jury investigation ended in 2000 and they did not hand any indictments down.
Rachel’s mother, Amy, believes that Rachel was alive and that other people knew where she was.
Although Rachel ran away and stayed at a friend’s house a year before she went missing, authorities do not believe that Rachel ran away. Rachel’s disappearance is being investigated as a homicide, as foul play is highly suspected.
Rachel’s biological father, Jeff Skemp, was living in Dallas at the time of her disappearance. He said that on the day Rachel went missing, she called his mother, which was incredibly unusual for Rachel as she was not allowed to talk to her grandmother.
Jeff keeps his phone number listed in case Rachel tries to get in contact with him, but he believes that she met with foul play. He held a memorial service for her in 2006.
Amy and Vincent moved away from the area sometime after 1996.
Rachel was an honours student, and her favourite subject at school was science. She had a keen interest in recycling and nature.
Rachel is described as being a 13-year-old Asian female, 5″0′ and between 62 and 80 lbs. She had black hair that was cut short at the time of her disappearance but she would often wear it shoulder-length. Rachel had hazel eyes, a mole on the upper left side of her lip, and both of her ears were pierced. She may use her last name as “Skemp”, perhaps in conjunction with Mellon such as “Mellon-Skemp” or “Skemp-Mellon”, and some agencies refer to her as Rachel Mellon-Skemp. She may look to be of Italian or Greek descent.
Rachel was last seen to be wearing a pink sweater or sweatshirt, yellow sweatpants and red house slippers.
If Rachel is still alive today, she would be 39.
If you have any information regarding Rachel’s case, or if you have information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Bolingbrook Police Department at 630-226-0600.
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