Tiaj Richelle Ethelyn Smith

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Above Images: Tiaj, circa 2009


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 10, 2009 from Gary, Indiana
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: May 3, 2001
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'5, 70 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Tiaj's nickname is Aji. She has marks on the right side of her face and her ears are pierced.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tiaj disappeared from Gary, Indiana on August 10, 2009. Authorities believe she was abducted by her non-custodial father. Photographs and information for the father are unavailable. They may be in the Bahamas. The child's whereabouts are unknown and her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Gary Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 16, 2011; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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