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: 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. Lewis has facial dimples and pierced ears. She is of Caucasian, Native American and African-American descent.
Clothing 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.