A woman’s psychic vision leads her to a murder victim.
On December 17, 1980, Etta Smith was working at an aerospace company in Burbank, California, when a news story triggered a frightening vision. Thirty-one year-old nurse Melanie Uribe hadn’t been seen for days and investigators feared the worst. Etta says her unusual episode began when she starting hearing a voice in her head:
For Etta, the vision was so powerful she felt compelled to report it to the police:
Retired Los Angeles Police Detective Lee Ryan says he welcomed Etta’s information:
Based on her psychic vision, Etta pinpointed the area in Los Angeles County where she thought the missing nurse might be found, a place called Lopez Canyon. Detective Ryan seemed willing to listen, but Etta worried that the police would not follow up. She decided to investigate on her own. With her daughter, Tina, Etta drove to Lopez Canyon.
The feelings forced Etta to keep searching. Soon she spotted some fresh tire tracks:
Etta said she got the feeling from the tracks that the missing woman had been there:
Further down the canyon, Etta stopped again when Tina saw something unusual in the brush. Etta says it was a body:
Etta quickly contacted the police. An autopsy determined that the body was indeed Melanie Uribe. She had been robbed, raped, and beaten to death.
That evening, Etta was summoned to the police station. She was questioned by two detectives she’d never seen before:
According to Det. Ryan, Etta seemed to know too much about the crime to not to be involved:
Etta volunteered to take two polygraph exams. She passed both. But Etta says the detectives lied to her about the results and booked her as an accessory to murder:
Etta Smith was not going home. She was locked up in jail for several days, unaware of dramatic new developments on the outside: police had arrested two young men for the murder of Melanie Uribe. In the end, Etta was completely absolved. The two confessed killers were sent to prison. Det. Ryan credits Etta’s vision for helping to solve the case:
Etta has no explanation for her sudden onset of psychic abilities:
“I sometimes wonder what it was that transpired, from this innocent person who was murdered, and how her death somehow reached out and touched me. I think it’s one of the mysteries in life that many things happen to us throughout our life that are unexplainable.”
Since helping to break this case, Etta has assisted several police departments and crime victims using her psychic abilities.