Teekah Latres Lewis

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: Teekah, circa 1999;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 15 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 23, 1999 from Tacoma, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 4, 1996
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Multiracial (African-American/Caucasian/Native American) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Teekah has a large birthmark on her left buttock and red natural highlights in her hair. She has patches of light discoloration on her face and the left side of her buttocks as the result of eczema. She has facial dimples, and pierced ears.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green Tweety Bird sweatshirt or t-shirt, white sweatpants and black and white Air Jordan sneakers, hair pulled into ponytails.
  • Medical Conditions: Teekah is asthmatic and requires medical supervision, as well as usage of an inhaler and/or ventilator. Teekah received medical care prior to her 1999 disappearance at Indian Health Practioners in Puyallup, Washington, a nationwide clinic available for Native Americans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Teekah and nearly a dozen of her family spent the evening of January 23, 1999 at New Frontier Lanes bowling alley on Center Street in Tacoma, Washington. Teekah was last seen playing a race car video game in the arcade section of the alley between 10:00 and 10:15 p.m. She was a few feet from her family members and approximately six feet from the building's exit. Teekah's mother, Theresa English, said that she turned away for a moment and the child vanished. She has never been seen again. Teekah was carrying a clear purse with a fish design and an attached shoulder strap at the time of her disappearance; the purse contained Starburst candy. An extensive search of the area produced few clues as to her whereabouts.

    A witness at the bowling alley told authorities that an unidentified maroon Pontiac Grand Am sped out of the parking lot during the night Teekah disappeared. The vehicle may have had four doors and was possibly a late 1980s or early 1990s model with dark-tinted windows and a large spoiler. A photograph of a similar car is posted below this case summary. Another witness stated that an unidentified Caucasian man may have followed a child to one of the alley's exits during the night. The individual is described as being in his thirties with shoulder-length brown hair, facial pockmarks, a moustache and a large-sized nose. Investigators do not know if the vehicle or the unidentified man are connected to Teekah's case.

    In November 1998, two months before Teekah disappeared, a four-year-old boy was sexually molested in the bathroom at New Frontier Lanes. The suspect had brown curly hair and a beard, and two security guards believed they'd seen him at the bowling alley before but didn't know his name. A few weeks after that, a Caucasian man with brown hair tried to lure a six-year-old boy from the same bowling alley, claiming he was the child's father. Earlier on the day Teekah went missing, a man with curly brown hair attempted to take two children from a park less than a mile from the bowling alley. The children's father chased him away and he fled in a blue 1995 Pontiac Grand Am. The children's father didn't report the incident to the police until three days later, after he found out about Teekah's disappearance on the news. No arrests were made in any of these cases and it's unclear whether they're related to Teekah's apparent kidnapping.

    There were possible sightings of Teekah in New Hampshire several years after her disappearance. The child was accompanied by a Caucasian woman with dyed blonde hair at the time. These sightings have not been confirmed. Teekah's biological father was imprisoned at the time of her disappearance and has been ruled out as a suspect in her case.

    The headless body of a young African-American girl was discovered in Kansas City, Missouri on April 28, 2001, more than two years after Teekah disappeared from Washington. The child's head was located in a garbage bag approximately 100 yards from the body shortly after the initial discovery. DNA tests were performed on Teekah's relatives in May 2001 and compared with the unidentified child's remains, but the results were negative. In 2005, Precious Doe was identified as Erica Michelle Maria Green, a three-year-old who had never been reported missing.

    Teekah is described as having a quiet, shy personality. She enjoys eating candy, her favorite brand being Starbursts. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

    Unidentified Vehicle 1 Unidentified Vehicle 2
    Above Images: Vehicle similar to the one seen in the vicinity of where Teekah was last seen

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning Lewis' case, please contact:
    Tacoma Police Department
    253-798-4721

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    202-324-3000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Operation Lookout
    America's Most Wanted
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    The Columbian
    The Eatonville Dispatch
    Washington Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen
    The Detroit News
    The Seattle Times
    Missing: Teekah Lewis
    For the Lost
    The Kansas City Star
    The Child Seek Network
    KOMO TV
    Q13 FOX
    MySpace Page for Teekah Lewis
    KIRO TV
    The Tacoma News Tribune

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    Updated 11 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 28, 2012; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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