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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005
    On the Third Coast

    TN - Tonetta Carlisle, 15, Chattanooga, 15 March 1989


    16 March 09

    It has now been 20 years since a 15 year old North Chattanooga woman disappeared.

    Tonetta Carlisle left her home on Hamilton Avenue around seven in the morning on March 15th 1989, on her way to City High School.

    An intensive investigation by police and private citizen groups was launched after reports of an abduction surfaced. But reports of sightings both locally and in distant cities have proven invalid.

    Police say a possible suspect in the case committed suicide not long after Carlisle's disappearance.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2004
    Tonetta Yvette Carlisle

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: March 16, 1989 from Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: August 28, 1973
    Age: 15 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'1, 90 - 95 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Black hair, brown eyes. Carlisle's hair was curly and trimmed short on the top and sides while longer in the back at the time of her 1989 disappearance. Her ears are pierced. She has almond-shaped eyes. Several of Carlisle's teeth are capped or have fillings.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pink and white-striped blouse, a denim skirt and white tennis shoes.

    Details of Disappearance

    Carlisle was last seen walking home from City High School at approximately 2:55 p.m. on March 16, 1989 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was headed to her family's residence in the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue at the time. A witness observed Carlisle's abduction approximately one-half block from Carlisle's home at approximately 3:00 p.m. A woman on Ruth Street near Hamilton Avenue glanced up the hill and watched Carlisle walking down the street. Several unidentified suspects jumped out of a tan and yellow van, forcibly pulled Carlisle inside the vehicle and then drove away. The witness told authorities that she and her husband chased the vehicle and called law enforcement with its license number. Carlisle's mother filed a missing child report with authorities eight hours later when her daughter failed to return home. The two cases were not connected for some time.
    The license number of the vehicle involved in the abduction was traced back to Jeffrey Jones. Jones had been released from prison for a rape conviction shortly before Carlisle disappeared. He committed suicide and was found deceased inside his van on March 18, 1989, two days after Carlisle was last seen. There has been no trace of her since that time.

    Carlisle enjoys pizza and fast food items. She liked rap music and the musical artist Bobby Brown at the time of her 1989 disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chattanooga Police Department

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Chattanooga Police Department
    America's Most Wanted
    Child CyberSearch

    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 9, 2005.

    Charley Project Home

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012


    Status Missing
    First name Tonetta
    Middle name Y.
    Last name Carlisle
    NCMEC number 722063
    Date last seen March 15, 1989 00:00
    Date entered 04/15/2010
    Age last seen 15 to 15 years old
    Age now 40 years old
    Race Black/African American
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 61.0
    Weight (pounds) 95.0

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    The above number for Chattanooga PD is not correct. It should be 423-698-2525.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    This is so sad. What a terrifying thing to have happen to her.

    This looks like extra info added to her Charley Project page:

    There has been no trace of Tonetta since that time, but there have been rumors that she was forced into prostitution and possibly taken to California.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Most likely she was murdered by this man Jeffrey Jones but he took her wherabouts with him to the grave.

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