On December 1, 2021 it will be 27 years since the abduction and murder of 19-year-old Melissa Witt. Her case remains unsolved to this day.
Witt was working at a local dental clinic at the time of her abduction in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She aspired to go to college to become a dental hygienist, according to Abnormal Arkansas News.
On December 1, 1994, Witt parked her car in the Bowling World parking lot of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her mother, Mary Ann Witt, was a member of the bowling alley’s bowling league.
According to Abnormal Arkansas News, Jay C. Rider, an investigator and former Fort Smith police chief in charge of Witt’s case, stated that Melissa was abducted from the Bowling World parking lot. She was struck in the head.
Evidence at the crime scene showed signs of struggle. Blood was found in the parking lot along with Melissa’s keys and one earring.
On January 13, 1995, two hunters in the Ozark National Forest discovered the naked body of a young woman who was later identified as Melissa Witt, according to Abnormal Arkansas News.
Witt’s body was placed near a “headstone-like” rock. Her clothing was missing from the crime scene. She had been strangled to death and sexually assaulted.
“I either have thought about it, wonder about it, or try to do something about it,” Rider told THV11 News. Rider told THV11 News that he thinks about the case often.
Witt’s mother died years ago without knowing who is responsible for the abduction, and murder of her daughter.
LaDonna Humphrey, a northwest Arkansas woman, is helping keep the case alive.
“We have a case that could be easily solved,” Humphrey told THV11 News.
To help keep Melissa’s memory alive, Humphrey created a Facebook page dedicated to her, called Who Killed Missy Witt. You can join the Facebook page by accessing the link attached.
According to THV11 News, Humphrey pays for an anonymous tip line in hopes of one day hearing a phone call with a lead that will solve the case. The tip line is 1-800-440-1922.
If you have any information about 1994 unsolved homicide of Melissa Witt, you are asked to contact the Fort Smith Police Department directly.