Tammy Lyn Belanger

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Left: Tammy, circa 1984;
Right: Age-progression to age 36 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 13, 1984 from Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: February 24, 1976
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'6, 70 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Tammy has a lazy eye.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A purple sweater, an aqua jersey with thin black and white stripes, a short tan jacket with blue sleeves, tan corduroy pants, tan suede boots and green and blue socks. Carrying a red backpack with her name and address on it.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tammy was last seen walking to Lincoln Street School in Exeter, New Hampshire on November 13, 1984. A neighbor saw Tammy cross Court Street at approximately 8:00 a.m. but she never arrived at school. Tammy has not been seen again. She was was not reported as a missing child to law enforcement until after the school day ended, as Lincoln Street School did not verify students' absences until after Tammy's disappearance.

    Extensive searches of the area produced little evidence as to Tammy's whereabouts. Police recieved a tip that she may be buried in Exeter Cemetery, in a grave dug in 1984. They dug up the grave and found only the 91-year-old woman who was supposed to be there They drained and searched a pond in 1996 and found nothing relating to Tammy's case.

    Victor George Wonyetye Jr. was named as a suspect in Tammy's case shortly after she disappeared. Wonyetye was employed at Brad's Custom Auto Body on Main Street in Exeter in 1984, which was located several blocks from where Tammy was last seen. Police found a photograph of Tammy in his house as well. A photo of Wonyetye is posted below this case summary. He has a criminal record dating back to the 1960s and has been periodically imprisoned for forced entry, larceny and sexual assaults throughout the years. He is also considered a suspect in the 1984 Florida disappearance of Marjorie Luna. Wonyetye lived near Marjorie's residence at the time she vanished and her case remains unsolved as well.

    Wonteye was incarcerated for burglary in Florida in 1992. He was never charged in connection with either Tammy or Luna's cases and there was no physical evidence linking him to either of the girls' abductions. He died in prison in 2012.

    Tammy remains missing and her case is unsolved.

    Wonyetye
    Above: Victor Wonyetye

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Exeter Police Department
    603-772-1212

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Portsmouth Herald
    Chat Area
    NewsLibrary
    Newspaper Archive
    Florida Department of Corrections
    WMUR 9

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 12, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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