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    IL - Tammy Tracey, 19, murdered in Searls Park, May 1987

    Hello! I posted this in the Ask Question's sticky first, I wanted to know what else I could do. So I'm now asking if any of you may be able to get info or send me in the right direction. Thank you in advance!



    Newbie here with a question! I have been trying to find info on a cold case in my hometown from the 80's, I keep hitting a dead end! What else can I do? Here's the resources I've used/tried & the info I have, Thanks in advance!

    ~Tammy Tracey,19F, Rockford Illinois Missing 5/27/87 from Searls Park, found 4/11/88 Sugar River Forest Preserve

    ~I've tried utlizing the internet, but have only found a few articles

    ~Searched for her name here, nada

    ~Visited the Winnebago County Sheriff's website, but they don't list cases

    ~I'm not local anylonger, so can't go into the library to view newspaper articles....the local paper website I can't get to bring up any info in archives either!!

    ~Family doesn't speak of her anymore, so that's been a dead end as well.

    **Don't know where else to look***

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    I did a search and there are very few articles on google or google archives. not much out there on Tammy's case at all.
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    Here what I found:

    One of the most well known cases in Rockford happened at Searls Park. On May 27, 1987 Tammy Tracey washed her car at a friends house then came to the park to wax it. Fifteen years later detectives continue to look for her killer.

    For eleven months a special task force combed Searls Park several times. A reward fund was built to over $30,000. And finally on April 16, 11 months after Tammy disappeared skeletal remains found in Sugar River Forest Preserve in Winnebago County. They were positively identified to that of Tammy Tracey. Rockford Deputy Chief of Detectives Dominic Lasparro says this is a case police want to solve and know people in the community know what happened.

    Source:
    http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/239566.html

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    Skeleton Identified As Missing Woman
    April 17, 1988

    A skeleton discovered in the Sugar River Forest Preserve was identified Saturday as the remains of Tammy Tracey, a 19-year-old Rockford receptionist who had been missing almost a year, authorities said. Rockford police had notified Tracey's family Friday that the remains might be those of their daughter after a hiker discovered the skeleton. At that point, they weren`t "absolutely certain" the body was Tracey's but did not want the family to learn of the discovery through the media, police said.

    Her body had been in the preserve, about 15 miles northwest of Rockford, at least several months, said Lt. Jim Mays of the Rockford Police Department.

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    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...issing-remains
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/skeleton

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    Why did she want to wax her car at the park and not at their friends place or near friends place?

    Hmm.. By the way... what happened to her car?
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    I've found those artices, plus a few more, but thank you!

    I have the same questions you have, and I don't know where to turn to find them.

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    ANYONE ELSE??? Any ideas or help, please? Thanks

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    Bumping for Tammy






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    I am from the Rockford area and I was only ten when this happened. I remember her name still to this day. It is sad to see that this case is still unsolved.

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    A bit more info here: http://ilcoldcases.blogspot.com/2013...ckford-il.html

    Tammy Tracey, 5/27/87, Rockford IL
    http://www.wrex.com/story/8424978/un...my-tracey-case

    Tammy Tracey, a 19-year old Auburn High School graduate and avid golfer and baseball catcher. She was last seen driving off to Searls Park to wax her car. Deputy Chief of Rockford Police Greg Lindmark says, "She was reported missing in the morning, then later on in the afternoon her vehicle was discovered at Searls Park.' Tammy's mother, Linda Tracey, found the 1979 two-door black Oldsmobile. It was locked and there weren't any signs of a struggle. Fred Speer, who worked for WROK, covered the case. "At the outset, it looked like it was going to be so easy." But that wasn't the case. An exhaustive manhunt, including Rockford, Winnebago County Sheriff's, and Illinois State Police, turned up nothing. DeCoster says, "Her family, as I recall, took out a billboards around Rockford with a very poignant message. And nobody knew if she was still alive, what had become of her." That question was answered 11 months later on April 15, 1988, when a hiker found Tammy dead in a remote part of the Sugar River Forest Preserve. Speer describes how she was killed. "Multiple weapons. Gunshot and an icepick. That tells me overkill." Tammy had been shot once in the head and stabbed in the chest. Relatives say at one point police said they were 99 and a half percent sure they knew who did it. But to this day, no one's been arrested. Lindmark says, "Even today, we'll periodically get calls on it. Every bit of information that we get is followed up on." Still, questions continue to swirl. Speer says, "Then there's the flip side of the coin, was that her intent? Her only intent to go and wax her car? Or did she go there to wax her car and meet somebody?" For some people, hope that case will be solved is dimming. But others believe that light still shines brightly. Lindmark says, "I really believe we're only one tip away, or just a little bit of information from solving not only this case but a lot of other cases." DeCoster says, "I think somebody out there knows something. And talking about it 20 years later will only help." If you have any information that might help solve the case, call the Rockford detective's bureau at 987-5878. Family members hope a $10,000 reward will help lure information.

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    Didn't anyone at the park see her? That seems odd.
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