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Two women go missing within six miles of each other in Winter Park, Colorado.  

Melissa Whitsitt moved from Tennessee to Colorado in May to start a job at Winter Park Resort, almost 70 miles outside Denver. Mom Cindy Whitsett says her daughter had two days off and was supposed to return to work on Tuesday, August 15th. Whitsitt didn’t show up for her shift the police are called and a welfare check is complete.

Whitsitt is not at her home. Police have confirmed that she got on a bus to Denver on Saturday around 10 a.m. She was wearing blue bell-bottom jeans, a blue tank top and/or a white sweatshirt.  

The Whitsitts say their daughter's phone pinged in Denver, but an unknown man was using it. Melissa Whitsitt's debit card has not been used since she went missing. Whitsitt doesn't have a car and hasn't contacted friends or family since the day she was last seen. Whisitt's parents say they have had to conduct their own investigation, as cops say they're outnumbered by missing people cases. 

Svetlana Ustimenko is an avid hiker living in Broward County, Florida, according to the Idaho Statesman. Family members say Ustimenko had been drawn to the peaceful Colorado mountains.

After finding her rental car had not been returned by the due date and learning that Ustimenko was reported as missing from Florida, authorities launched an immediate search around the area where her vehicle was located on August 11.

According to a news release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand County Search and Rescue, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Rescue Dogs of the United States, Colorado Search and Rescue as well as drones and volunteers, began searching for Ustimenko.  Six cadaver dogs joined the search efforts to no avail.

Joining Nancy Grace Today:

  • Jerry Whitsitt - Melissa Whitsitt’s father 
  • Cindy Whitsitt- Melissa Whitsitt’s mother 
  • Wendy Patrick – California Prosecutor, Author of “Why Bad Looks Good” and “Red Flags,” and Host of “Today with Dr. Wendy” on KCBQ in San Diego; Twitter: @WendyPatrickPHD
  • R. Lee Walters - President of EXCALIBUR Private Investigation, Fmr. FBI Special Agent; FB: Excalibur Private Investigations
  • Dr. Carla Manly - Clinical Psychologist, Author of, “Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships & Love Fearlessly”
  • Spencer McKee - Director of Content for OutThere Colorado; IG: @spence.outside; @outtherecolorado, Twitter/X: @spencemckee
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