Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Michele Fawcett now missing 10 years, near Donegal, Pennsylvania

On Google's news archive there is an article about Michele in The Gettysburg Times from 1998, but it requires a fee to access. However you can read a couple Pittsburgh Tribune-Review articles on Michele from that year for free on Michele's thread on the Porchlight International forum. (There she is listed as "Michelle Fawcett".)
From the Charley Project:
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
Characteristics: Caucasian female. 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

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
The Doe Network points out that she disappeared near the Irwin Swamp. Michele's profile there is also concise enough to be printed off and used as a poster.

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