Henderson teen abducted, held for ransom

Molly Waldron

Henderson teen abducted, held for ransom

CREATED Aug. 31, 2012

UPDATE:  Henderson Police have located 17-year-old Melissa Duran, who was reportedly abducted from her home Friday morning. Click for story.

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- A 17-year-old Henderson girl was kidnapped from her home Friday morning, and police say her captors are holding her for ransom.

Authorities say two men knocked on the door of Melissa's house, near Warm Springs and Arroyo Grande, at about 7:30 a.m.

Melissa answered the door and was abducted by the two men. 

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured a red 2-door car with a blue fender leaving the scene. Melissa's neighbor told Action News he witnessed it happen. 

"All of a sudden I started hearing screaming around the corner," Gary Heidman said. "I see a mother and her son running down the street trying to chase down a car, and they immediately said 'call 911.'"

Heidman called 911 and provided police with a description of the suspect vehicle. 

Police say the two men later called Melissa's parents demanding a ransom.

An Amber Alert was issued for Melissa at 1:30 p.m. Later, police said Melissa's parents had received another phone call. They believe the men may have taken Melissa to southern Utah, southern California or northern Arizona.

Melissa is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 125 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen Friday morning wearing white pants with black stripes and a yellow blouse.

The Clark County School District confirmed Melissa is a senior at Green Valley High School.

Action News also spoke with her boss at the Hot Dog on a Stick inside the Galleria Mall.

Friends describe Melissa as an outgoing, lovable person and are hoping she makes it home safely.

Anyone with information on Melissa Duran's whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.


The vehicle police say Melissa was kidnapped in:

Melissa's school picture, courtesy CCSD: