Michelle Elaine Meiser, age 22, was last seen in St. Paul, MN on March 11, 1977.
There isn’t much information on her disappearance, just that she left one night and never returned. She was wearing an engagement ring, which leads me to believe that she was engaged at the time of her disappearance.
She appears to have been a member of the White Earth band of the Chippewa tribe. Her full name appears on tribal newsletters, as part of a list of members whose current addresses they are seeking.
What I found interesting, however, was a UID that was found on July 20, 1977, approximately 4 months after her disappearance, in the same county that Michelle disappeared from.
Both Michelle and the UID are 5’8″, the age range of the UID is 16-30 (Michelle was 22), the eye color of the UID is ‘green or brown’ (MIchelle’s were brown). The UID was said to have medium hair while Michelle’s was said to be long, but that could be subjective and not enough to dismiss a possible match.
There is also a mention of ‘multiple abdominal STRIA’ in the scars/marks section on the UID – Google tells me that these are stretch marks associated with the abdominal enlargement during pregnancy.
On July 9, 1977, eleven days before the UID was found, a fetus was located in the same county. The fetus was found in Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul. Although there is no address given for where the adult remains were found, I can’t help but think that the fetus belonged to the woman.
This, to me, has all the signs of a botched abortion, but I can find no indication that Michelle was pregnant – though it’s possible that nobody knew. The fact that the baby was labeled a ‘fetus’ would mean it wasn’t carried to term, right? And it was found several days prior to the woman being found, so the fetus was outside the womb.
It’s also worth noting that after I looked on NamUs and found this possible match, I found that Carl over at Websleuths had come up with the same suggestion long before I did, so I want to give credit where it’s due.
Here is Michelle’s NamUs profile:
and the 16-30 year old female UID:
and the fetus:
I don’t know if there are any plans to exhume the remains to obtain DNA or if there is any possibility of obtaining Michelle’s dental records. I think this match is likely though, so many of the physical characteristics add up. I just wish I knew if she was known to have been pregnant.