Monday, July 17, 2006

Michele Fawcett now missing 9 years, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Michele Fawcett seems to have gotten media coverage at some point, but it has faded. Sure, she's had some problems with drugs in the past, but she was able to stay sober for years before she disappeared. And now? She's still out there.
You will also read below about a series of unsolved murders in the Pittsburgh area in the '90's, all involving women who had been involved with drugs or prostitution. Please remember that even though they made some poor choices, those ladies are still people and murder of anyone is still wrong.
Michele's story and photos (from
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 27, 1997 from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age: 35 years old
Height and Weight: 5'2, 170 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. Fawcett wears
eyeglasses. Her first name may be spelled "Michelle."
Medical Conditions:
Fawcett became addicted to heroin in the late 1980s. She got involved in a methadone treatment program and had been clean for several years
prior to her disappearance.

Details of Disappearance
Fawcett was
last seen in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania on June 27, 1997. She was at the
Donegal exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the time. Fawcett was traveling
with her friend of a few months, Robert M. Weston (nicknamed Dr. Bob), a former
dentist. Weston told authorities they visited Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that
evening before returning to Westmoreland County. He said he dropped her off at a
phone booth near Vincent's Plaza at the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Irwin exit the
following morning, but no one else saw her there. Fawcett has never been heard
from again.
Fawcett was a resident of West Homestead, Pennsylvania in 1997.
She has a history of drug abuse. Fawcett was holding two jobs at the time of her
disappearancep; one was as a server in a restaurant and the other was as a
cashier at a convenience store. She lived in an apartment with three
well-trained dogs. She did not drive in 1997 and accepted rides from other
individuals for her transportation. Since her disappearance, her Social Security
number has not been used.
Authorities began working in cooperation with the
Allegheny County Coroner's Office in October 1999 to see if there were
connections between the homicides of several area women in the late 1990s and
Fawcett's 1997 disappearance, all of which are unsolved. Many of the victims had
histories of drug abuse and/or prostitution. Investigators do not know if all
the cases are related, but believe some of them are connected. It is unknown if
Fawcett's disappearance is linked to the homicides. There have been no arrests
in her case, but her loved ones believe she met with foul play.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Allegheny County Police Department

Michele's website:
Michele's NAMPN (North America Missing Person's Network) profile is more concise and could possibly be used as a poster. The problem is that the phone numbers for the police are on a second page, so you would have to tape them onto the bottom of the flyer. If you want to use that as a poster, it can be found at

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