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    FL - Attempted abduction in Tallahassee, 20 May 1992

    I am the victim of an attempted abduction on 5/20/92 at appx. 7:20 a.m. in Tallahassee, FL. My assailant had a MO license plate that began with a J. This attempt on my life changed the world I knew forever more. In short, I am trying to research, on my own, my unsolved case, in an attempt to finally find some closure on my prior life. I need this so very much. Miraculously, my evidence (clothes, jewelry) are finally with FDLE for DNA processing even though the statute of limitations has expired on proscecuting my assailant.

    I was told and have always felt based upon the m.o. with which my assailant set my crime scene up, that he was an experienced criminal.

    All I am looking for is closure. My investigators throughout the years have tried to comfort me by saying that he is either dead or in jail somewhere. This is not enough for me. I can go into more detail if you want me to, but my total existence was altered in a 5 minute assault on 5/20/92.

    Is there anything any of you can do to advise me as to my research in finding my assailant.

    (P.s. After the assualt and to this day, my parents watch AMW every Sat night. In Jan. 94, my folks were lying in bed watching the story of the two women who were attacked and left for dead in the MO mountains on a nature hike and when the tv displayed their composite sketch they both sat up in bed b/c their assailant very much so matched my composite drawing. It was even more poignant that this assault happened in MO where my assailant's tags were from).

    I would totally appreciate any and every piece of information you can give me in every regard.

    Please feel free to email me at tracy62401@hotmail.com

    Sincerely,

    Tracy

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    Tracy...I'm so sorry for what you went thru! If you would like to post all info you have along with description, things the assailant may have said, car description, exactly what happened, etc...I know the people on this board would help you research plus give you great ideas on how to go about searching. There are some incredible sleuths on this site and as I said, I'm sure all of us would be glad to help you..

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    Attempted abduction May 20, 1992 -- my story--

    Thank you for your reply Jashrema and I am very excited to post as much relevant information in my case as I can. Feel free to follow up with any questions they may produce.

    At appx. 7 a.m. on a sunny morning on my way to work, I stopped by the Albertson's right beside my workplace for a birthday card and some saline solution.

    I drove down the front of the store to the parking aisle that was right in front of the store and turned in to park. I parked 5 spaces from the first parking space on that row, pulling into the space facing the normal direction in parking.

    I got out and as I was walking up the parking aisle, a man in late 80's-early 90's Oldsmobile Cutlass, Buick Regal looking car drove past me. I remember this only because my husband at the time was into old cars and keeping our cars nice and clean and I remember thinking it was a nice car and he should clean it up.

    Went into the store and was in there maybe 15 minutes and as I was walking back to my car, I noticed that this same exact car was parked right beside me. However, he had backed his car in and he was sitting in the car looking at me (his drivers door was beside my driver's door). My intuition went off a little bit. Enough that without really thinking, I stalled going to my driver's door by putting my small bag into my hatchback.

    As I approached my driver's door, I looked down at him, his window was down and he was looking up at me. I'll never forget his face. His eyes were very bloodshot and the blue looked like it was glowing. I've never seen such anger in a person's eyes. Anyway, unlocked my door and had enough time to put my butt in the driver's seat when my assailant pulled the latch on his trunk from the inside of his car, swung his door open while my door was still open (creating a tunnel from his car to my car) and jumped on top of me, throwing me into my passenger seat. Somehow, he wrestled me out of the car and got me in a bear hug from behind and took me back to his trunk. He had my arms and hands bound with his arms and was stuffing me into his trunk from my hips up. One of my saving grace's that morning was the fact that I had heels on and was locking my legs and digging my heels into the asphalt to keep from going all the way in. Another saving grace was that he made the mistake of not taking me all the way behind his car, where his trunk entry was lower to the ground. He was trying to abduct me from the side of his trunk and I was able to use the side of his car as leverage as well in the fight. My left elbow was battered up from hitting the trunk brackets every time my upper body went into the trunk. The final saving grace was a man in the store apparently saw what was happening and ran to his trunk and got his knife and ran at my assailant and chunked the knife at him yelling to let me go. I did not know about this part until later that day though. All I know is I was fighting for my life and all of a sudden, he threw me onto the ground, jumped into his car, and peeled out of the parking lot and into 8 a.m. traffic with his trunk lid still open. He had Missouri plates and I'm pretty sure the reports say it started with a "J".

    Investigators believe he was experienced based upon the way he set up my crime scene. They called him a Class 4 Serial Rapist/Murderer and said he wanted me in the trunk b/c he didn't want to see me or talk to me until he was ready for his intended purpose for me. They believe he probably came in to Talla off of I-10 that morning (which wasnt far from the attack) and was planning on getting back on I-10 after he got his girl.

    Funny thing is, when he fled the parking lot, he fled into town and not out of town, towards I-10. I don't know if he was confused or not. The police put out BOLOs and began gathering all of the evidence.

    At the ER, they took all of my clothing as well as fingerprinting the car and processing the crime scene. they picked up several beads that came off my broken necklace for evidence as well.

    As of about 1 month ago, at my initiation, all of my clothing and the beads were finally sent to FDLE for DNA processing, hopefully the new touch DNA processing and I should know sometime in the next couple of months if they were able to get DNA off of my clothes or not and if there is a match in the national dna database. I'm not too hopeful though b/c nothing has ever worked out in solving who did this to me.

    I need some peace and closure on this attack on me and that is exactly why I am trying to do some research by looking for similar crimes in both FL and MO between 1992 and 1994. I am sure I could learn ALOT from you sleuthers and would greatly appreciate any advice or help you might be able to give me. I am happy to talk on the phone or communicate with you however you so desire.

    Also, please read my first post b/c in a related matter, I am trying to find out more about the attack on the two women in Branson, MO on the nature hike as my parents said their assailants composite drawing greatly resembled mine. I will get another copy of my composite drawing and see if I can post it here somehow. If not, I can surely fax it to whomever wants a copy of it.

    I am so thankful to have found this website and feel more hopeful now than ever before. There is an explanation here that I won't get into right now but I do not feel my investigators did as much homework as they should have in my case b/c I find abductions and rapes around the same time as mine all over FL and MO, including one that was successful earlier in 1992 in an ALBERTSONs parking lot in Bradenton, FL!!

    Thank you for anything and everything.

    tracy62401

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    what my assailant said during the attack

    the only thing I remember him saying was "get in the trunk, get in the trunk"

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    tracy62401,

    Thank you for posting more about what you're looking for. The sketch could be helpful (to compare to other sketches that may be "out there" of other sketches of abductors).

    I am so sorry that you had this experience. I will spend some time looking around the web and see if I can find any cases that sound similar to yours and I'll post any links (if I find them) for you.


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    That sounds so scary!!!!
    OMG i'm so sorry you had to go through that.
    I'm so glad you fought so hard and got free.
    There are so many good sleuthers on this site....i hope you can get some answers soon.
    How old were you when this happened?
    I'm sorry if i missed that part.

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    I was 27 years old and planning a 10 year wedding anniversary later in the year. That anniversary never happened partly b/c my husband was not there for me in recovering from this near death experience. He and many around me could not understand why I just couldn't get over it.

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    Tracy, I'm so sorry you had to go through this. It is unimaginable. Will you please list a physical description of the man?

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    Hugs, Tracy, that has to be a girl's worst nightmare! Good for you for fighting him off and surviving, even if some of those around you weren't very understanding. And thank God for the witness and his bravery! Do you know who he is, and can you contact him for his eyewitness account (which I'm sure he gave to police). Actually, do you have a copy of the police files?

    If you can, could you post the details of the MO case as well? Maybe there's a link to the case on AMW? It might help to find out more there.

    I hope we can help in some small way to solve this for you. Regardless, I hope you are moving forward and don't let this shadow the rest of your life (although I know it's nothing that can be "gotten over"). Again, hugs to you.

    ETA: are there any newspaper articles from the time? They probably can't help any more than your own words, but you never know....
    Last edited by pudd; 09-07-2009 at 06:21 PM. Reason: to ask about newspapers

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    Tracy, so sorry you had to experience this.. and good for you for trying to deal with it! This may be a dumb question, but, did you ever seek counseling? It's pretty typical (unfortunately) that most people are not going to be understanding of something traumatic unless they went through such a thing themselves. You definitely had a near-death experience.. and it seems clear to me you have been suffering from PTSD for a long time. Obviously you are very lucky to have survived.. (and that other man who helped save your life was a real hero!)... but I agree, this is not something that a person just 'gets over'. Maybe in the future you can become involved in some activity.. like volunteering to help empower women in some way.. (or becoming addicted to Websleuths,, LOL) that can be therapeutic for you and can help you overcome it, or at least feel 'on top of it',, once & for all. I hope that you'll get some good information on here... Best of luck to you.


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    Ok, trying to answer my own questions here, but I checked on AMW's website and there is only one case listed from 1993-94 - I guess the internet was still in its infancy and no one thought to save much? I also found this link on IMDB:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1125197/plotsummary

    which says :
    Plot Summary for
    "America's Most Wanted" Episode dated 31 August 1993 (1993)

    Two women travel to Branson, MO to see Reba McEntire in concert. While hiking in the mountains, both girls are brutally attacked and left for dead. They both survive and one year later, return to Branson for the filming of the re-enactment. Documentary crew follows the girls and their families retracing all of their steps up to the exact spot of the attack. Both pieces are included in the episode and it airs as the season premiere on August 31, 1993. Written by Chris Malmin
    (the guy who wrote this, Chris Malmin, acted as the abductor in the re-creation, and he looks pretty scary)

    I know this is from 1993, but maybe your parents were watching a rerun in Jan 1994? If this is the wrong case, let me know and I'll keep searching.
    Last edited by pudd; 09-07-2009 at 06:38 PM. Reason: to fix grammar

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    Was it the albertsons on Monroe?
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    Some people may consider me crazy, I say I'm just inspired.

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    Tracy,

    Sorry to hear of this horrible incident that happened to you. How smart you were in fighting back the way that you did. I pray for your full recovery and comfort.

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    Tracy...can you please post a description of assailant? A composite would be great, but we need at least a description until we get a sketch...thanks..

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    Tracy, welcome.

    I would like to know what age category, what you looked like and how you were dressed that day that could have set you apart from anyone else being scanned by the perpetrator.

    Figuring out a possible pattern as far as the choosing of victims would be useful if possible. Thank you for your help.

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