Girl missing for 19 years, mother still hopeful
by Wendi Lane
Vanessa Smith has been missing since 1997. She was last seen near her Winton, CA home.
WINTON, Calif. (KMPH) —

In 1997, a Merced County girl went for a walk and never came home. Her family has been searching for her ever since and they are determined to not give up hope that she's still alive.


It was next to an almond orchard outside of Winton near her family's home where 15-year-old Vanessa Smith was going for an evening walk. That was 19-years ago and that was the last time anyone ever saw her.

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