February 21st, 2011
10:41 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Girl vanished after taking day off from school

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 26th case, and it was shown Monday night on HLN.

Rachel Mellon was 13 when she disappeared from Bolingbrook, Illinois, on January 13, 1996.

She had stayed at home with her stepfather instead of going to school that day because she had a sore throat. Her stepfather said that he left the house while she was taking a nap, and that when he returned, she was gone.

Also gone were pillows from Rachel’s bedroom and a blue blanket. The temperature outside was below zero, and police say they believe the girl didn’t leave on her own. There was no forced entry to the home and the honor roll student’s coat, shoes and purse were all left behind.

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soundoff (6 Responses)

    the pillows and blankets were gone cuase that's what he wrapped her up in..

    February 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. smurf

    Yep! He killed her. He should have been interrogated 15 years ago. Then we wouldn't be reading about her now. It would have been solved already!!

    February 22, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. mandih2o

    Why didn't the police nail him in 1996, when theree still might have been some forensic evidence? One can only hope that there is a special place in hell for people that can abuse, kidnap and murder the children of this world!

    February 22, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. ed bailey

    My neighbor in Utah, the child capital of America murdered his daughter, admitted his actions to a point then won a 6million lawsuit in her death. There are very special places for them and hell isn't one of them!

    February 22, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. 4x4 Jeep

    Enough already with nancy grace`s picture. Put the person who is missing geeez might help never know.

    February 22, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |

    Case's like this where it is so obvious who done it do what you have to do to get the info out of him. Give me and Mr. BALL BAT an Hr alone in a room with him, if he makes it out let the jury have him if not oh well the tax payers just saved some money.

    February 23, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |