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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:07 PM

Originally posted on 04/27/06
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Welcome! Please help us locate Teekah Lewis. Teekah was last seen on January 23, 1999 at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the New Frontier Lanes bowling alley in Tacoma,Washington. She was playing in the arcade section of the bowling alley just a few feet away from her Mom.

Teekah Lewis is an African/Native American female. She has brown curly shoulder length hair with red highlights. (She had some grey in her hair.) Teekah also has brown eyes. She was 3'0" and weighed about 35 lbs. at the time of her abduction. Her hair was usually worn in braids. She had dimples, a birthmark, and both ears were pierced. Teekah was born on July 4, 1996. She was 2 years old when she went missing, but she is now 7 years old.

She was wearing a green Tweety Bird t-shirt, white sweat pants, and red, black, and white Air Jordan sneakers. Teekah was also carrying a clear purse with a fish design on it.

A car was seen leaving the bowling alley parking lot shortly after Teekah disappeared. This person may be a witness to her abduction. We are looking for a maroon late 80's or early 90's Pontiac Grand Am with dark windows and a spoiler on the back. (Click here to view a photo of a similar looking car.)

Please be advised that Teekah has asthma and bad allergies. She may be receiving treatment for either of these problems to this day. We ask that hospitals, doctors, and clinics be on alert for anyone fitting Teekah's description that may be receiving treatment for asthma or bad allergies. Teekah was taken at a very young age so she may "appear" to be comfortable with the people she is with thinking THEY are her parents when in fact they aren't. It would be understandable if she has no clue that she is a victim of an abduction because of the early age she was taken at.

If you have any information on Teekah Lewis please contact the Tacoma Police Department (Washington State) at 1-253-798-4721, or The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678, or please call your local FBI. (You may also dial 9-1-1 in your area to report sightings of Teekah.) There is a $26,000.00 reward for the return of Teekah, with an arrest and conviction.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:08 PM

Originally posted on 04/27/06
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TEEKAH LATRES LEWIS
Case Type: Lost, Injured, Missing
DOB: Jul 4, 1996 Sex: Female
Missing Date: Jan 23, 1999 Race: Black
Age Now: 9 Height: 3'0" (91 cm)
Missing City: TACOMA
Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
Missing State : WA Hair Color: Black
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown

Case Number: NCMC859446

Circumstances: Teekah's photo is shown age-progressed to 8 years. She was last seen on January 23, 1999 at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the New Frontier Lanes bowling alley in Tacoma, Washington. She was wearing a Tweety Bird T-shirt, white sweat pants and Air Jordan sneakers. Teekah has eczema, with a skin discoloration on her face and left side of her buttocks. She also has asthma which may require medical attention.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:09 PM

Originally posted on 04/27/06  [/hr]http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APS...D8H80MQ04.html

Tip leads FBI to Dallas in 1999 case

04/27/2006
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Authorities are "fairly certain" that a little girl in the Dallas area is not the long-lost Teekah Lewis, who disappeared from a Tacoma bowling alley in January 1999, the FBI said Wednesday.

But DNA tests are being conducted to be absolutely certain for the family's sake, said Agent Melissa Schuler. She said she did not know when results would be available, but that DNA swabs from the Texas child and from Teekah's mother, Theresa English, had been sent to the FBI lab.

The "look-alike" has been ruled out as far as law enforcement is concerned, she said.

"It was a combination of photos and records that are available and birthmarks. We're fairly certain but we just want to make an ultimate determination with the DNA," Schuler said.

The Tacoma police detective assigned the case has been kept in the loop, said Mark Fulghum, spokesman for the Tacoma Police Department.

"The FBI talked to the family down there (in Texas). They were cooperative from everything I've been told," Fulghum said. "Our detective hasn't gone down there. He's just being kept abreast of what's going on."

In June 2001, DNA and other evidence was used to determine that a slain child found in Kansas City, Mo., was not Teekah Lewis.

Teekah was 2 when she was reported missing from New Frontier Lanes on Jan. 23, 1999.

Hundreds of police officers and volunteers searched the area around the bowling alley after her mother reported her disappearance.

No trace of the girl has been found.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:10 PM

Originally posted on 04/27/06
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Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - Page updated at 05:38 PM

Family hopeful Dallas girl is Teekah Lewis
By Christine Clarridge

Seattle Times staff reporter

In the seven years since the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Teekah Lewis, from a Tacoma bowling alley, Theresa Lewis has known hope and fear and gnawing disappointment.

Now, she is bracing herself again as she awaits the results of DNA testing that will show conclusively whether a little girl in Dallas is her child.

Theresa Lewis said Wednesday that a private investigator notified her two weeks ago that had found a girl he believed to be Teekah living with a woman in Dallas. The private investigator, who was hired by the Lewis family more than a year ago, sent her photos of the girl, she said.

"We compared her picture to my twins and other children and we think it's her," said Lewis. "We feel in our hearts that it's her."

But FBI investigators who said they interviewed and examined the Dallas girl said the child is more likely a lookalike.

"The agents in Dallas are fairly certain that it's not her," said Melissa Schuler, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Seattle. "She is a lookalike, but they examined her and compared birthmarks and they don't think it's her."

DNA samples were taken from the girl in Dallas for comparison with Teekah's DNA.

Teekah disappeared from a bowling alley in Tacoma around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in 1999.

The girl was last seen playing in an arcade when her family noticed she was gone. Within 15 minutes police had the area cordoned off and were searching cars as they left the parking lot. More than 200 searchers and 10 tracking dogs spent that first night and the next morning combing through the area around the bowling alley.

Family members were immediately polygraphed and eliminated as potential suspects, police said.

Since then, dozens of detectives have worked the case, thousands of dollars in reward money has been raised and Teekah has been featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted" at least four times. Her picture and the story of her disappearance are featured on the Internet site for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In 2001, Lewis was asked to provide a DNA sample to match against the body of an unidentified dead child found in Kansas City, Mo. The child was not Teekah.

Lewis said she and family members laid photos of the Dallas girl and compared them to pictures of Teekah when she was 2, some that had been age progressed and photos of Teekah's five siblings, who are 4, 8, 12 and two 15-year-old twins. "She has the same ears as one of the twins," said Lewis. Lewis also said that she and her older children believe they recognize the woman with whom the Dallas girl now lives as someone they had seen in the bowling alley and the Tacoma neighborhood they lived in at the time. She said the private investigator told her that the Dallas girl attended school in Tacoma at some point and is now being home-schooled.

Phone calls to the private investigator were not immediately returned Wednesday.

The FBI said they did not know when the results of the DNA testing would be complete, but Lewis said she was told it would be at least several weeks.


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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:11 PM

Originally posted on 04/27/06
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Mom thinks Texas girl is Teekah

PAUL SAND; The News Tribune
Published: April 27th, 2006 01:00 AM

All Theresa Lewis needed to see was the young girl’s right ear.

It’s pointy, she said Wednesday, and looks similar to that of Teekah, her 2-year-old daughter who disappeared from a Tacoma bowling alley in 1999.

“In my heart, this is my daughter,” Lewis, 35, said Wednesday.

FBI investigators, however, aren’t convinced the young girl they interviewed last week near Dallas is Teekah Lewis. The toddler was last seen playing near the video games at the now-defunct New Frontier Lanes on Center Street about 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 23, 1999.

“It’s fairly certain that it is not Teekah Lewis,” said Melissa Schuler, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Seattle office. Schuler, who referred to the girl in Texas as “a look-alike,” said the girl’s birthmarks don’t match Teekah’s She declined to say what else convinced investigators the girl isn’t Teekah.

A private investigator hired by Theresa Lewis contacted her April 15 to tell her he’d found a home-schooled girl he thought was Teekah. She was living in an RV park in Texas, Lewis said. He would not tell her how he got the tip, she said, but he did e-mail her a photo of the girl and a woman.

“The minute I saw the picture, my heart told me it was mine,” she said.

Lewis said she’s compared the girl’s photo to those of her 8-year-old and 15-year-old daughters and sees similarities. She also said she recognizes the woman in the photo from the bowling alley where Teekah was last seen.

The FBI will compare DNA collected from the girl and from Theresa Lewis to see if a connection exists. Results could take weeks, Lewis said. Tacoma police helped the FBI collect the evidence, said spokesman Mark Fulghum.

In 2001, DNA testing proved the body of a girl found in Kansas City, Mo., was not Teekah.

“That will be the ultimate determination, but we’re fairly certain it is not Teekah Lewis,” FBI spokeswoman Schuler said.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:12 PM

Originally posted on 06/24/06
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DNA testing shows Dallas girl is not Teekah Lewis
By Christine Clarridge

Seattle Times staff reporter

DNA testing has proven that a Dallas girl is not Teekah Lewis, who disappeared from a Tacoma bowling alley seven years ago when she was two-years-old.

The FBI said today that the Dallas girl's DNA did not match that of Teekah's family.

The news was devastating to the missing girl's family.

"It's another blow to the whole family," said Teekah's mother, Theresa English. "We're back to square one. I'll never give up on my baby girl. I don't care it takes me 10, 20 years. I'm not giving up."

Teekah disappeared from a bowling alley during a family outing in 1999 and an intensive search yielded no sign of the girl. Family members were given polygraphs and eliminated as potential suspects, police said.

Since then, dozens of detectives have worked the case, thousands of dollars in reward money has been raised and Teekah has been featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted" at least four times. Her picture and the story of her disappearance are featured on the Internet site for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In April, Lewis was contacted by her family's private investigator who believed he might have found Teekah living with a woman in Dallas.

FBI investigators examined and interviewed the child and concluded that while she was a near look-alike, she was not Teekah, an FBI spokeswoman said.

The DNA testing was done to remove any doubt about the girl's identity.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:13 PM

Originally posted on 12/10/06
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Family Outing Turns Tragic

Tacoma, Wash. residents say New Frontier Bowling Lanes is always packed with families, especially on evenings. It has a reputation as a safe and friendly place to take children. But on Saturday January 3, 1999 everything changed for one family.

Theresa English, her 2-year-old daughter, Teekah Lewis, and several other family members decided it would be fun to go bowling at the popular alley. Nearly a dozen of Teekah's relatives were there, and they took up two lanes--seven and eight.

Teekah decided to walk over to the arcade and play some games. She tried to win a stuffed toy from a grabber machine, but ran out of coins. So, her uncle won a teddy bear that Teekah gave to her younger sister. Moments later, she had moved on to a racing game.

Teekah's family members--her mother, uncle and her mother's boyfriend--took turns staying with Teekah and watching over her. When her uncle briefly turned around to watch someone in their group bowl, he was only about a foot away from the toddler. But when he turned back toward where Teekah had been sitting, she was gone.

According to police, the game room where Teekah was last seen was only six feet away from the exit.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:14 PM

Originally posted on 01/16/07
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Rescue of missing Missouri boys gives hope to Teekah Lewis' mother

Story Updated: Jan 15, 2007 at 6:11 PM PST

TACOMA - It's the talk of the nation: two Missouri boys who were found in the apartment of their alleged abductor.

The prayers of the victims' families have been answered.

Now a Tacoma mother says it could mean answered prayers for her missing daughter. Teekah Lewis.

Teresa English, Teekah's mother, says she remembers her as a happy child with a dazzling smile. It's a smile that disappeared 8 years ago when Teekah vanished.

"She was there, I looked back she was gone," says English.

Teekah, just a toddler, was snatched from a bowling alley in Tacoma. Since then, it's been 8 years of crying, praying and waiting.

"She needs to come home, the people need to let her go," English said. "It's been 8 long years and pain for my family!"

Teresa's certain that Teekah is alive, and says the missing Missouri boys discovered over the weekend make her believe it can happen again.

"Every child that is found out there it just makes me think my child is one day closer to coming home," insists English.

On January 23, it will be 8 years since Teekah went missing and no one has given up on her, especially her mother. The FBI, Tacoma Police Department, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children still want to find her, but on this day there are no leads, only renewed hope.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:44 PM

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Revisiting unsolved cases of 2 Tacoma-area girls

Seattle Times staff

The abduction of Teekah Lewis, 2, and the abduction and slaying of Adre'anna Jackson, 10, have frustrated Tacoma-area police for years.

But the arrest of Terapon Dang Adhahn in the July 4 abduction and slaying of Zina Linnik, 12, could also signal a break in the two other cases. Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell said investigators are trying to determine whether Adhahn could have some connection with other abductions, including those of the two Tacoma-area girls.

Some of those cases include:

~ Michella Welch, 12, of Tacoma, whose body was found hours after the girl disappeared from Puget Park on March 26, 1986.

~ Jennifer Bastian, 13, of Tacoma, who was found dead Aug. 28, 1986, in Point Defiance Park, where she'd been last seen riding her bicycle two weeks earlier.

~ Lenoria Jones, 4, of Tacoma, who disappeared July 20, 1995.

Here's a look at the Teekah Lewis and Adre'anna Jackson cases.

Teekah Lewis

Teekah disappeared from Frontier Bowling Lanes in Tacoma around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, 1999. The girl's mother told police she saw her daughter standing near the bowling lanes' video games. When she looked back, Teekah was gone.

Police at first thought the little girl had wandered off. But when an extensive search of the area turned up nothing, the girl's disappearance began to look more like an abduction and no one “including relatives” was immune from suspicion.

Tacoma police later said the family was ruled out as suspects. But despite a 24-hour tip line and interviews with people who were at the lanes that night, no suspect has emerged.

In 2001, the girl's mother, Theresa Lewis, was asked to provide a DNA sample to match against the body of an unidentified dead child found in Kansas City, Mo. The child was not Teekah.

In April 2006, Theresa Lewis was notified by a private investigator that he had found a girl he believed to be Teekah living with a woman in Dallas. The investigator, who was hired by the Lewis family more than a year earlier, sent her photos of the girl, she said.

"We compared her picture to my twins and other children, and we think it's her," Lewis said. "We feel in our hearts that it's her."

But DNA testing proved the girl was not Teekah.

On Friday, Theresa Lewis came to the Linnik home to offer support. When she heard that Adhahn could be connected to her daughter's disappearance, she was too distraught to speak.

Adre'anna Jackson

Adre'anna was last seen Dec. 2, 2005, when her parents sent her off on a five-minute walk to see whether Tillicum Elementary School was closed because of snow. Police spent days searching her neighborhood and scoured nearby American Lake for any sign of the girl.

Two children found a skull and a portion of a spinal column in a vacant, overgrown lot near Woodbrook Middle School on April 4, 2006. The remains were identified by dental records as those of Adre'anna Jackson.

Investigators could not determine the cause of death.

A 44-year-old transient was questioned about the disappearance and death, but it was determined he was in jail on an unrelated matter from the time the girl went missing.

Reached at home this afternoon, Adre'anna's mother, Yvette Gervais, said she thought there were physical similarities between her daughter and Zina Linnik.

"We're just sitting here and hoping that, if it is him, there will be some closure," she said. "At least someone has been apprehended and that's one more person that's not going to do this to more families."

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Lower Right: Age-progression at age 10 (circa 2006)

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. Lewis has a large-sized 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: Lewis is asthmatic and requires medical supervision, as well as usage of an inhaler and/or ventilator. Lewis received medical care prior to her 1999 disappearance at Indian Health Practioners in Puyallup, Washington, a nationwide clinic available for Native Americans.

Details of Disappearance

Lewis 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. Lewis 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. Lewis's mother, Theresa English, said that she turned away for a moment and the child vanished. She has never been seen again. Lewis 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 Lewis 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 Lewis's case.

Lewis's family supported the creation of the Teekah Lewis Bill in Washington shortly after she disappeared. The bill created a missing and exploited children's task force, allowing the Washington State Patrol to assist local authorities in the search for a missing child.

There were possible sightings of Lewis 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. Lewis'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 Lewis 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 Lewis'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.

Lewis 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.

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Mom's memories of Teekah still alive

May 12, 2003

The phone rang in her house on the weekend to celebrate mothers. The caller just wanted her to know the whole world had not forgotten her on this special day.

She picked up after two rings.

"Yes," the soft voice said, "this is Theresa."

Theresa English was touched that a stranger would remember -- remember her years after the very thing was stolen from her that makes motherhood wondrous: her child.

Four years ago, Theresa's 2-year-old daughter was abducted in front of dozens of people, none of whom apparently saw a thing. The horror of what happened still hurts as if it occurred only yesterday.

And so on Mother's Day, like past Christmases and Fourths of July, Theresa was filled with deep longing, a dull, achy emptiness glazing her soul. "No holiday can ever be complete until she gets home," Theresa told me. "The picture is incomplete."

It is as incomplete as the fate of her baby girl, Teekah Lewis.

Theresa doesn't know if her daughter is dead or alive. All she can say for sure is Teekah is "missing" -- just as the words on the bus-size poster in front of the family house tell all passers-by.

Theresa holds on to hope in spite of a freight of sadness -- so enduringly strong is this bond between mother and child, so infrangible.

On Jan. 23, 1999, Teekah accompanied her mother and relatives to the New Frontier Lanes bowling alley in Tacoma. The place was bustling with folks. Theresa turned around, as moms often do, to check on her daughter. "Teekah wasn't there," she recalled.

Panic didn't seize the mother right away. She stayed calm. Kept her head. She checked the area by the video games. Teekah, are you hiding behind there, honey?

Theresa dashed to the bathrooms. Looked in the stalls. No Teekah.

Soon every fiber of her being was pulsing with fear. Theresa rushed up to an off-duty police officer, her eyes big and her mouth spilling words no parent ever wants to utter: "My baby's gone."

The story made big news across the Puget Sound region. Police, from Tacoma to Seattle and beyond, vowed to work the case. A large reward was put up. Montel Williams, the affable talk-show host, flew Theresa to New York so she could appear on his TV show. The girl became a poster child for a state bill proposing the creation of a task force on missing and exploited kids. The Teekah Lewis Bill.

It was as if the whole world was focused on the 3-foot-tall, pony-tailed girl with happy brown eyes.

Then the world blinked. The world looked away. And Teekah's loved ones were left on their own to deal with an amalgam of grief and hope and uncertainty.

"Seems now like the whole world has forgotten," Teekah's grandmother, Mary Czapiewski, said Saturday, just before she went to visit the grave of her husband who died two years ago of cancer.

Her husband had one wish before drawing his last breath -- to see his grandbaby come home.

Teekah's grandmother has the very same wish for the girl she called "my lil' old lady."

She carries a picture of Teekah in her purse. A photo of Teekah sits next to her home computer. Her van parked outside the house has two posters on the back windows asking, "Have you seen Teekah?"

"Not a day goes by when I don't think of her," says Teekah's grandmother. "I can't even begin to tell you what a good girl she was. I mean, is."

The family struggles to keep the girl in present tense.

Each Christmas Eve, relatives watch a videotape of Teekah that was taken on the last Christmas Eve they all spent together, a month before Teekah was snatched away.

On the Fourth of July, Teekah's birthday, her mom lights a special set of fireworks and wishes her daughter Happy Birthday by thrusting balloons with tender messages skyward.

On the anniversary of Teekah's abduction, her loved ones gather for a candlelight vigil at the site of the bowling alley. The alley is gone, replaced by a parking lot next to a fast-food joint.

Everyone misses the little things about the little lady. "She would have been 6," her mother says. She corrects herself. "She is 6."

But Teekah is frozen in memory as a smiling, joyful toddler, a feisty girl who only liked her mother -- not strangers -- to hold her.

Each morning, Teekah would wake up and kick-start her day by saying: "I wanna cereal."

As part of her daily ritual, she would rush to the TV and turn on the Winnie the Pooh cartoon. Anytime Theresa would drive Teekah and her other children somewhere, they had to detour if Teekah caught a glimpse of golden arches. "French fries," Teekah would shout.

The memories are as fresh as the pain. "I sit here and wonder where she could be," Theresa, 32, says. "Who has her? Why did they do this? Why would they take a baby away from her mommy?"

She has so many questions. No answers. And Mother's Day after day after day with a hole in her heart.

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Family, police still looking for Tacoma girl missing nine years

Jan, 23, 2008

TACOMA, Wash. -- It was nine years ago Wednesday that 2-year-old Teekah Lewis disappeared from a bowling alley in Tacoma.

Police detectives are still looking for clues to break the case, and there's a $27,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers for information.

The Lewis family is holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at New Frontier Lanes (4702 S. Center St. in Tacoma).

Tacoma police Det. Lindsey Wade says investigators believe Teekah was kidnapped by a stranger. A car was seen speeding out of the parking lot minutes after she went missing.


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Can video, photos help crack cold case of missing girl, Teekah Lewis?

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In hopes of solving the mysterious disappearance of Teekah Lewis, detectives are releasing new photos and home video of the Tacoma youngster, who went missing from a bowling alley nine years ago today.

“It’s time to bring her home,” Tacoma police detective Brad Graham said recently. “Nine years, hopefully, that’s loosened up someone’s vocal cords.”

The Christmas photos show the 21/2-year-old with bangs and smiling, giving her a different look than the picture of the serious-faced girl that was released at the time Teekah went missing. On the video, she is playing and making noises for the camera at a family Christmas celebration 28 days before her disappearance.

“Look into that picture,” Teekah’s mother, Theresa Lewis, pleaded in a recent interview. “There is somebody out there that remembers something that night and they need to come forward.”

Teekah was last seen about 10:15 p.m. Jan. 23, 1999, on a busy night at the New Frontier Lanes bowling alley, 4702 S. Center St., in Tacoma. As her family bowled nearby, the youngster played near a coin-operated racing game.

Then, she vanished.

Teekah’s family searched for her and after 10 to 15 minutes reported her missing to the off-duty police officer working at the bowling alley that night, Graham said. No trace of Teekah has been found.

“We believe somebody kidnaped  her, a stranger,” detective Lindsey Wade said.

In the years since Teekah’s disappearance, investigators have again interviewed everyone at the bowling alley that night. The bowling alley has been replaced by a fast-food restaurant, but detectives have tracked down hundreds of other leads.

“Things have come up and tips have come in, but nothing has panned out,” Wade said.

They have yet to identify the driver of a late-1980s or early 1990s Grand Am with tinted windows reportedly seen speeding out of the parking lot minutes after Teekah went missing. A witness who saw the car didn’t get its license plate number.

“We have never concretely identified that person,” Wade said.

Meanwhile, Lewis has hired private investigators, consulted psychics and held candlelight vigils.

“These nine years have been the roughest of my life,” said Lewis, who has five other daughters. “There is just one thing missing from my life and that’s her.”

Wade and Graham picked up Teekah’s case over the summer, giving the file fresh eyes to review work already done. They approached Lewis and got the new pictures and home video late last year.

The detectives hope that, despite the time that has passed, someone will come forward with new information.

“It’s hard to believe somebody could walk out with this child and nobody saw anything,” Wade said.

“We want to reach out to people here who knew somebody who changed their demeanor or attitude level or suspicion level that night or the days following,” Graham said.  “We want people to re-examine their conscience and revisit that night.”

Lewis, who still holds onto the hope that her daughter is still alive somewhere, also wants closure.

“I hope and pray with the detectives,” Lewis said, “that at least one person comes forward and says, I know what happened that night, and solves everything so I don’t have to go through another year wondering where my baby is.”

Vigil

Teekah Lewis’ family will gather tonight for a candlelight vigil. The event starts at 7 p.m. at 4702 S. Center St., Tacoma.

Reward

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $27,000 for information in Teekah’s disappearance. Callers may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

The description

Teekah Lewis was last seen wearing a green Tweety Bird sweatshirt, white sweatpants and no coat. She carried with her a clear plastic purse. At the time of her disappearance, she was about 3 feet tall and 35 pounds.
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Today marks 9 years since  Teekah Lewis went missing. Our thoughts, prayers and hopes remain with Teekah and her family that she will be found.

Please watch the new family video just released by Teekah's family.

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Teekah Lewis remembered 9 years later

Jan 23, 2008

TACOMA, Wash. - Dozens gathered in the frigid cold on Wednesday night to hold a candlelight vigil for the little girl who disappeared nine years ago. On the same day, family members of Teekah Lewis released new home video of the missing girl.

Nine years ago from Wednesday, Theresa Lewis' nightmare began. It only took her a few seconds to turn around and realize her daughter was gone. The two were at a bowling alley at the time.

Investigators combed the surrounding area with search dogs immediately after Teekah's disappearance, and eventually even expanded the search beyond state lines.

But the mysterious disappearance remains unsolved and another detective was recently assigned to the case.

"You can walk around this building and still see her picture hanging in the cubicles of the detectives who were here 9 years ago. We're very frustrated," said Det. Brad Graham with the Tacoma Police Department.

Teekah would be 11 years old today and much too big for the tiny clothes her mother has been cherishing ever since she disappeared at just 2½ years old.

"I will keep these until the day I die," said Theresa Lewis.

It's all she has left of her baby girl. And with each passing day, the void in Theresa's heart grows bigger and deeper.

"It feels like a lifetime. There's something missing and it's her," Theresa said.

The heartbroken mother is haunted by memories of the day Teekah disappeared.

"She grabbed my leg and I told her to hold on and I looked back and she was gone," she said.

After nine long years, Theresa wonders if she'll be able to recognize her daughter. But she has no doubt Teekah's still out there.

"I believe my daughter's out there somewhere. Somebody has her," she said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $27,000 reward for a tip that brings Teekah Lewis safely home.

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Teekah poster to be featured on truck sides

October 18th, 2008

The continuing search for Teekah Lewis, one of Tacoma's long-missing children, is going on the road.

She will be the latest missing child featured as part of the Homeward Bound program. The Washington State Patrol and Gordon Trucking of Pacific launched the program in 2006 to help bring missing children home.

Under the program, the photo of 15 missing children have been featured on the sides of Gordon Trucks, which travel the nation's highways.

The new Teekah poster will be unveiled today at a child safety fair in Federal Way, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. Lenoria Jones, a 4-year-old girl who went missing from Tacoma in 1995, also has been featured.

Teekah has been missing since Jan. 23, 1999. Then 21/2 years old, she was last seen about 10:15 p.m. at New Frontier Lanes bowling alley, 4702 S. Center St., in Tacoma. She was playing near a coin-operated racing game as her family bowled nearby.

Family members and law enforcement officers have been searching for her since. No trace of her has been found in more than nine years.

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Question Still Unanswered: Where is Teekah Lewis?
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This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the disappearance of Teekah Lewis.

Tacoma detectives say they still get a few tips and the case is still active but the agony continues for the little girls mother.

A decade ago, we were with Theresa Lewis and her family as they crowded in to watch Americas' Most Wanted air the search for Teekah Lewis.

Ten years later, Theresa still hasn't given up hope to find Teekah.

Theresa says, "There's somebody in that bowling alley that knows something. there was over 300 people and not one person seen anything. i can't believe it."

Her daughter was last seen pretending to play a video game, wearing a tweety bird sweatshirt with white sweatpants and carrying a clear purse.

She vanished... without a trace.

For Theresa, she says, "Ten years of crying up day and night, you know racking my brain, asking myself,, who could have took her, what kind of person would do this."

Theresa says it's been a roller-coaster of emotions, desperate for any sign of Teekah.  

The family is still praying for a miracle.  They refuse to give up on her safe return.

Theresa says, "I hope nothing bad's happening to her. I believe she's still alive. I've never had that gut feeling that she wasn't"

Theresa watches home video taken right before Teekah was kidnapped around this time every year but it's getting harder...

She continues on, "I thought at least we would know something by now, even if it was good news or bad news."

As part of the ongoing search, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created an age enhanced photo. Theresa thinks it's close but says the eyes need to be bigger, the dimples more pronounced and cheekbones higher.  Still, it means people are still looking for her daughter who would be 12 and a half years old now.

Theresa says, "I can't imagine 10 years from now and her still be gone, something has to come about this.

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Police searching Tacoma-area park after tip

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TACOMA, Wash. -- Eleven years after little Teekah Lewis disappeared on a family outing to a Tacoma bowling alley, a tip has prompted police to start digging at the Native Garden in Point Defiance Park.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum tells KOMO-TV that investigators have spoken to the tipster, whom he only described as an "area man." Fulghum says detectives are simply looking for "evidence."

Teekah was just 2 when she disappeared on Jan. 23, 1999.

Her mother Theresa Lewis says she received the new tip last weekend from a man in his 40s at the annual vigil for the missing girl. The stranger told her he'd had visions of the missing girl and the mother relayed that information to police.


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'Vision' yields no clues on missing Tacoma girl

A stranger's "vision" about a Tacoma girl who was snatched from a bowling alley 11 years ago prompted police to search a section of Point Defiance Park on Wednesday. But it was a fruitless search that got Tacoma detectives no closer to unraveling the mystery of what happened to little Teekah Lewis, a 2-year-old who vanished during a family outing on Jan. 23, 1999.

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Teekah Lewis, pictured in 1998. She disappeared in Tacoma in 1999.

A stranger's "vision" about a Tacoma girl who was snatched from a bowling alley 11 years ago prompted police to search a section of Point Defiance Park on Wednesday.

But it was a fruitless search that got Tacoma detectives no closer to unraveling the mystery of what happened to little Teekah Lewis, a 2-year-old who vanished during a family outing in 1999.

On Saturday, at the annual vigil held for the missing toddler, a man approached Teekah's mother, Theresa English, and told her he'd had a vision of her daughter, said Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum. English forwarded the tip to police Monday night, and after interviewing the man, a detective and a supervisor decided to check out the Native Garden at Point Defiance Park on Wednesday.

The search "didn't turn up anything that would help us," Fulghum said Thursday. "They left last night just before dark, and we're not going back out today."

At this point, the tip is considered a dead end, though detectives will likely re-interview the man who had the vision, Fulghum said. He couldn't say whether the man claimed to be a psychic, but Fulghum said he doesn't appear to be tied to the case.

Teekah would now be 13.

"We get tips in occasionally, and we look at them all," Fulghum said. "Some can be eliminated pretty quick, while others need more follow-up, like this one."

Teekah was with her family at New Frontier Lanes, 4702 S. Center St., when she disappeared around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, 1999. English said she had turned her head away for just a moment and then discovered her daughter was gone.

Despite an extensive search, no clues to the girl's whereabouts were ever uncovered.

In 2006, a private investigator in Dallas contacted Teekah's family saying he had located a little girl he thought could be Teekah. FBI investigators examined the child and concluded that while she looked like Teekah, she was not the girl. DNA testing was done to eliminate doubt.

"We're not giving up," Fulghum said Thursday. "We'll keep looking."




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Event: Attention brought to other cases on anniversary of disappearance

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Published: 06/27/1012:05 am

About 365 red balloons bearing heartfelt messages were released Saturday above Capitol Lake, a balloon for each day that an 11-year-old McCleary girl named Lindsey Baum has been missing.

Saturday’s event, Lindsey’s Day of Hope and Awareness, was a gathering to support not only Lindsey’s families but all families with missing children. Friends and family of Nancy Moyer, the Tenino woman who disappeared 15 months ago, also participated, as did Theresa Lewis of Tacoma, the mother of Teekah Lewis, who disappeared at a Tacoma arcade bowling alley in January 1999.

Teekah turns 14 on July 4, she said.

“I told her I would be right back,” Theresa recalled about that night. She next remembers seeing her daughter in the arcade, and then she was gone. Lewis was one of the guest speakers Saturday at Heritage Park; others were Melissa Baum, Lindsey’s mother, and Bev Poston, Nancy Moyer’s longtime friend and co-worker.

Baum thanked everyone who attended – about 200 people throughout the day – and said she hoped the rally would bring attention to all missing children and adults.

“She needs to come home,” Baum told the audience.

Poston worked with Moyer for 10 years at the state Department of Ecology. Poston told the crowd that before Moyer disappeared, she told Poston she was happy, was blessed to have good friends and that life was going well. Since, Poston has been among a group of volunteers who have participated in about two dozen search-and-rescue efforts and also have held fundraisers to help raise about $8,000 in college money for Moyer’s children. Vicki Cline, who also works at Ecology and knew Moyer, also was there. On her red balloon, she wrote, “Come home Lindsey.”

Lewis told the audience that her heart goes out to everyone who has a missing child.

“Teekah was my world, my everything. That person stole my heart from me,” she said about Teekah’s abductor. “Life is so empty without her.”

The event was not without hope. Also speaking were Kerensa Thomas and her 13-year-old son Apollo, of Hoquiam. Thomas told a story about how her special-needs son avoided being abducted last Tuesday afternoon. At the time, both Thomas and Apollo were in their garden when she suddenly heard her son’s distressed voice and saw him being forced down the street by another man. Thomas yelled at Apollo to get away from the man, and he used an evasive maneuver to free himself and run back to the house.

Apollo’s would-be abductor later was identified as 46-year-old Michael Hickman, a Hoquiam man with a history of mental health problems. Thomas urged those in the audience to familiarize themselves with the legal process, particularly civil commitment hearings, which few people understand are open to the public, she said.

“Terrifying isn’t the word,” she said about seeing her son forced down the sidewalk. “There is no word for that.”


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