Tavish Sutton

AP
Above: Age-progressed image of Sutton at age 17 (circa 2010)
(Photographs of Sutton are unavailable)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 9, 1993 from Atlanta, Georgia
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: February 10, 1993
  • Age: 1 month old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0, 8 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Sutton had a quarter-inch surgical incision in his left buttock at the time of his disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white flower-print t-shirt and Grady Memorial Hospital tags around his wrist and ankle.
  • Medical Conditions: Sutton was recuperating from minor surgery to treat an abcess at the time of his March 1993 abduction. He required continuing medical care to treat his condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sutton was admitted as a patient in the Hughes Spalding pediatric unit of Grady Memorial Hospital on Butler Street in Atlanta, Georgia on March 6, 1993. He underwent minor surgery over the weekend and was recuperating in a semiprivate room in the ward during the early morning hours of March 9. Sutton was in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (DCS) at the time. He was last seen when a nurse checked on him at 6:45 a.m. When his room was checked again fifteen minutes later, he was gone.

    Sutton's mother was being treated for schizophrenia in a mental institution at the time of his abduction; neither she nor other relatives were considered suspects in his disappearance. His mother was not even aware that Sutton was in the hospital at the time of his abduction. The DCS has terminated her parental rights to Sutton's three siblings and was seeking to terminate her rights to Sutton as well when he disappeared; they had taken custody of the baby when he was a week old and placed him with a foster family. His mother sued the hospital over her son's kidnapping in March 1995; the suit was settled out of court for $600,000.

    Authorities stated that a woman who was pretending to be pregnant may have abducted Sutton in an attempt to raise a child. They speculated she lived between four and twenty-four miles from the hospital. No evidence supporting any theory has been recovered and Sutton's case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Atlanta Police Department
    404-853-3400

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    (FBI)
    202-324-3000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    11 Alive
    NewsLibrary
    The Doe Network

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 8, 2011; age-progression updated.

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