Board of Directors

President Pat Lunney

Vice President Henry Strength

Treasurer Mike Altomare

Director Richard Hawthorne

Director Susie Bubenchik

Director Darrell Fonseca

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Vanessa Dawn Smith
Missing May 31, 1997

DOB: Dec 26, 1981
Sex: Female
Missing: May 31, 1997
Race: White
Age Now: 29
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Missing City: WINTON
Missing State: CA
Missing Country: U.S.


May 31, 1997, 7:00 pm Vanessa left her home to go for a walk and never returned home. Her walking stick was found along the path she normally takes. She was wearing a light blue dress and has a birthmark from her shoulder to her elbow on her right arm.

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