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The families of Sandy Hook Victim’s speak out

The children and teachers listed below were all gunned down on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Parents and loved ones reflect on the good memories of those who were taken away so quickly.



Chase Kowalski, 7, standing besides his mother, Becky Kowalski – Chase was gunned down along with his entire 1st grade class  in the Sandy Hook tragedy. His family has set up the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund in honor of their child.

Becky and Steven Kowalski have finally spoken out and recounted the moment they learned that their son was one of the victims – Mother whose 7-year-old son was gunned down at Sandy Hook describes the ‘best day of my life’ when he visited her in a vision two days after the tragedy



Daniel Barden, 7, one of the 20 child victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre.

The image of Daniel that comes to mind for neighbor Peter Bernson is a very special, happy glimpse into the life of the first-grader: a laughing, brown-haired boy heading to the bus stop every morning atop his father’s shoulders. The youngest of three children, he was a familiar face at swim practice, among other activities. “This is a warm, loving family,” a co-worker of his mother, Jackie Barden, tells the AP. “The kids were the type of kids parents want their children to be around: warm and wonderful and caring and kind. This is heartbreaking.” Photo: Courtesy of the Family


Little Daniel’s family during an interview several days after the shoot-out. Photo show’s the victim’s big brother and both parents.

“Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation; in all, a constant source of laughter and joy,” a statement from the family reads. “Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. … Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just So Good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world.”

  • Heroic first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, 27, will also be laid to rest (see link below)

A heart-breaking guard of honor for their little comrade: Fire heroes line funeral of seven-year-old Daniel Barden who dreamed of joining their ranks – but whose life was cut short at Sandy Hook



Photo of Dylan Hockley, Sandy Hook 1st grade victim originally from UK, Dylan’s family moved him to the US two years ago for a ‘better start in life’

A shared anguish: Ian and Nicole Hockley and their elder son Jake at Friday's memorial service for Dylan

Photo of Dylan’s family Ian and Nicole Hockley and their other son Jake at Dylan’s memorial service which was held Friday, exactly one week after the Massacre

A silver butterfly is pinned above Nicole Hockley’s heart on the vibrant purple sweater she wore in honour of Dylan who she called ‘Mister D’. She spoke of her ‘special angel’ who will never get to unwrap the Christmas presents that sit under the family tree.  ‘Dylan brought untold fun and joy into our lives,’ she says with a smile. ‘Something good will come of this. His death will have meaning.’

Dylan, who suffered from autism, died cradled in the arms of his devoted special needs teacher Anne Marie Murphy who was also killed.



Anne M. Greene (6)

Just two months ago, Ana’s family moved to Connecticut from Canada, drawn by the school’s impressive reputation in town. Now, her memory lives on in a song her father, jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene, penned in her namesake, “Ana Grace.” “As we work through this nightmare, we’re reminded how much we’re loved and supported on this earth and by our father in heaven,” Greene told the Ottawa Citizen. “As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you, sweetie girl.” Photo: Family Photo/Rex USA


Photo of Ana’s devastated parents the day they found out their beloved daughter was one of the victims



Victoria Soto (pictured) was laid to rest today – Click here for article

Victoria Soto was a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was also a victim but her name did not go down in vain. She will always be remembered as a hero for saving her students from Gunman Adam Lanza.

Victoria hid her students in closets and cupboards. When Lanza walked in she told him her students were at Gym on the other end of the school. Lanza then shot Mrs. Soto and walked off. Leaving her students unharmed.

The heartbreaking photo of Carlee Soto, Victoria Soto’s sibling, frantically trying to get in touch with her sister who was a 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Articles will say this photo was taken the moment she found out her sister’s fate but that is incorrect. She learned the truth shortly after.

Connecticut Community Copes With Aftermath Of Elementary School Mass Shooting
Right: Donna Soto (mother) Left: Carlee Soto (sister) – the devastated family attended a vigil in Soto’s honor



Jessie Lewis – 6 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – 1st Grade

  • Scarlett Lewis, 44, had planned to make a gingerbread house with her son at school that Friday afternoon
  • After a desperate search, she said ‘I just kind of knew. All the other kids were gone; we’re just sitting there’
  • Scarlett Lewis, 44, described her son Jesse as a blessing and a gift
  • Mrs. Lewis raced to a Sandy Hook neighbor after she heard some children were being kept safe there. She was told by Gene Rosen that Jessie wasn’t one of the six children he discovered at the end of his drive-way

The desperate moment mother of Jesse Lewis realized her six-year-old son had been killed in massacre… just hours after he wrote ‘I love you’ on her frosty car door



Emilie Parker (6) 1st grader – Sandy Hook Elementary School

Emilie Parker, the little girl with the blond hair and bright blue eyes, would have been one of the first to comfort her classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary School, had a gunman’s bullets not claimed her life, her father said.
“My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing and giving support to all the victims because that’s the kind of kid she is,” her father, Robbie Parker said as he fought back tears, telling the world about his “bright, creative and loving” daughter who was one of the 20 young victims in the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
“She always had something kind to say about anybody,” her father said. “We find comfort reflecting on the incredible person Emilie was and how many lives she was able to touch.”
Emilie, 6, was helping teach her younger sisters to read and make things, and she was the little girls would go to for comfort, he said.
“They looked up to her,” Parker said.


Emilie’s parents – photo taken moments after finding out their daughter was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Friday night, hours after he learned of his daughter’s death, Parker said he spoke at his church.
“I don’t know how to get through something like this. My wife and I don’t understand how to process all of this,” he said today. “We find strength in our religion and in our faith and in our family. ”
“It’s a horrific tragedy and I want everyone to know our hearts and prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter. I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be for you and I want you to know our family … love and support goes out to you as well.”



The funeral for Charlotte Bacon (6) occurred at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown on December 19, 2012, five days after she was gunned down by Adam Lanza. 

They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, December 14, 2012 after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon’s mother, JoAnn Bacon, relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.

It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte’s older brother, Guy, was also in the school, but was not shot.

JoAnn and Joel Bacon had lived in Newtown for four or five years. At Charlotte’s funeral service, JoAnn spoke of her daughter, telling those who attended that her daughter’s favorite color was pink and she had a love for animals. She went on to describe Charlotte as an exuberant, bubbly child who was willing to argue for the things that appealed to her.

“She said her daughter would say “I want it, I want it. Then it would be `I need it, I need it.’ ” JoAnn said during the service.

Her parents find comfort in knowing their slain daughter is in heaven.



Caroline Previdi (also 6) was a 1st grader just like Charlotte Bacon. She was also laid to rest on Dec. 19, 2012

Caroline, born in 2006, was a lifetime resident of Newtown, CT.  She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, and loved to draw and dance. Her smile brought happiness to everyone she touched.


FrankEndWeeb drew this photo of Caroline Previdi


Another online user posted this sketch of Caroline on a Facebook page. Although I’m not sure who exactly drew it due to the page being expired.



Photo of Noel Pozner (6)

Noah Pozner and his twin sister Arielle celebrated their sixth birthday on November 20, 2012. Less than one month later Noah was gunned down. Arielle however, escaped Sandy Hook unharmed.

Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. He was excited that he got a new Wii for his birthday.

The twins uncle, Alexis Haller told The Associated Press back in December that he was “smart as a whip”, gentle but with a rambunctious streak. He also said that Noah called his sister Arielle his best friend.”They were always playing together, they loved to do things together,” Haller said.

“He was just a really lively, smart kid,” Haller said. “He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad.”

Veronique Pozner, Noel’s mother, was at work at Grove Hill Medical Center in New Britain, 38 miles from the Sandy Hook school, administering chemotherapy to cancer patients when a patient got an alert about the Sandy Hook shootings, said Doreen Berube, the office administrator. Pozner, an oncology nurse, came to Berube and said simply, “I’ve got to go.”

When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, “Not as much as I love you, Mom.”


Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung

Dawn L. Hochsprung

Dawn Hochsprung was a step-parent, grandmother and in 2010, became principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was devoted to her family and to the students and teachers at her school.

Hochsprung sprung into action while attending a staff meeting. She heard the shots and didn’t hesitate to find the source of those bullets. Moments after running out of the meeting, bullets were heard over the intercom and might have saved the lives of many others. The others in the meeting barricaded the door after hearing the shots. A few minutes later, Lanza was banging on the door and telling them to open. He fired a shot threw the door and walked off.

”I had only known Dawn for 10 years. I watched how she made my dad so happy. Her big smile and infectious laugh added color and vibrancy to our family. This fall, as I struggled through my own tough time, I grew to value and appreciate her even more — for her constant support, her phone calls and texts when other people in my life remained silent. I feel so thankful that a week before she was killed I sent her a card telling her that. It was open on the counter when I got down to Connecticut on that awful Friday night, carrying both my sleepy 2-year-old daughter and my shock in my arms. I’m thankful that she read it in time.” said Hochsprung’s step daughter, Amy.

Click here to read what Dawn Hochsprung’s daughters have to say about their beloved mother’s death and how they feel about gun control and the laws that go with it.


Below is a list of all the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School


Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Aveille Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6

Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Rachel Davino, 29
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27


Help for victims of Sandy Hook tragedy – Learn how to help the families of victims affected by the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy (CNN)

Conn. school victims shot by rifle multiple times

  • A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Andrew Gombert, Pool)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — All the victims of the Connecticut elementary school shooting were killed up close by multiple rifle shots, a medical examiner said.

Dr. H. Wayne Carver said at a news conference Saturday the deaths are classified as homicides. He said he believes “everybody was hit more than once.”

“This is a very devastating set of injuries,” Carver said.

Friday’s massacre of 26 children and adults at the school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.

Investigators were trying to learn more about Adam Lanza and questioned his older brother, who was not believed to have been involved in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary. Police shed no light on the motive for the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

In tight-knit Newtown on Friday night, hundreds of people packed St. Rose of Lima Church and stood outside in a vigil for the 28 dead — 20 children and six adults at the school, the gunman’s mother at home, and the gunman himself, who committed suicide. People held hands, lit candles and sang “Silent Night.”

“These 20 children were just beautiful, beautiful children,” Monsignor Robert Weiss said. “These 20 children lit up this community better than all these Christmas lights we have. … There are a lot brighter stars up there tonight because of these kids.”

Lanza is believed to have suffered from a personality disorder and lived with his mother, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation. Authorities said he had no criminal history.

Outdated photo of Adam Lanza

Asked at a news conference whether Lanza had left any emails or other writings that might explain the rampage, state police Lt. Paul Vance said investigators had found “very good evidence” and hoped it would answer questions about the gunman’s motives. Vance would not elaborate.

However, another law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that investigators have found no note or manifesto of the sort they have come to expect after murderous rampages.

The tragedy plunged the picturesque New England town of 27,000 people into mourning.

“People in my neighborhood are feeling guilty about it being Christmas. They are taking down decorations,” said Jeannie Pasacreta, a psychologist who volunteered her services and was advising parents struggling with how to talk to their children.

Lanza shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, drove to the school in her car with at least three of her guns, and opened fire in two classrooms around 9:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

A custodian ran through the halls, warning of a gunman, and someone switched on the intercom, perhaps saving many lives by letting them hear the chaos in the school office, according to a teacher. Teachers locked their doors and ordered children to huddle in a corner, duck under their desks or hide in closets as shots reverberated through the building.

Among those killed was the school’s well-liked principal, Dawn Hochsprung. Town officials said she died while lunging at the gunman in an attempt to overtake him. A woman who worked at the school was wounded.

Maryann Jacob, a clerk in the school library, was in there with 18 fourth-graders when they heard a commotion and gunfire outside the room. She had the youngsters crawl into a storage room, and they locked the door and barricaded it with a file cabinet. There happened to be materials for coloring, “so we set them up with paper and crayons.”

After what she guessed was about an hour, officers came to the door and knocked, but those inside couldn’t be sure it was the police.

“One of them slid his badge under the door, and they called and said, ‘It’s OK, it’s the police,'” she said.

The district superintendent said she was told another teacher pushed students in the kiln room until police let them out.

Investigators believe Lanza attended the school several years ago but appeared to have no recent connection to it, a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said. It was not clear whether he held a job.

At least one parent said Lanza’s mother was a substitute teacher at the school. But her name did not appear on a staff list. And the official said investigators were unable to establish any connection so far between her and the school.

The law enforcement officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the unfolding investigation.

Lanza’s older brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., was questioned, and investigators searched his computers and phone records, but he told law enforcement he had not been in touch with his brother since about 2010.

For about two hours late Friday and early Saturday, clergy members and emergency vehicles moved steadily to and from the school. The state medical examiner’s office said bodies of the victims would be taken there for autopsies.

The gunman forced his way into the kindergarten-through-fourth-grade school, authorities said. He took three guns into the school — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both semiautomatic pistols, and a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The weapons were registered to his slain mother.

Lanza and his mother lived in a well-to-do part of prosperous Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, where neighbors are doctors or hold white-collar positions at companies such as General Electric, Pepsi and IBM.

His parents filed for divorce in 2008, according to court records. His father, Peter Lanza, lives in Stamford, Conn., and works as a tax director for GE.

The gunman’s aunt Marsha Lanza, of Crystal Lake, Ill., said her nephew was raised by kind, nurturing parents who would not have hesitated to seek mental help for him if he needed it.

“Nancy wasn’t one to deny reality,” Marsha Lanza said, adding her husband had seen Adam as recently as June and recalled nothing out of the ordinary.

Catherine Urso, of Newtown, said her college-age son knew the killer. “He just said he was very thin, very remote and was one of the goths,” she said.

Lanza attended Newtown High School, and several news clippings from recent years mention his name among the honor roll students.

Joshua Milas, who graduated from Newtown High in 2009 and belonged to the school technology club with him, said that Lanza was generally a happy person but that he hadn’t seen him in a few years.

“We would hang out, and he was a good kid. He was smart,” Joshua Milas said. “He was probably one of the smartest kids I know. He was probably a genius.”

Click NEWS.YAHOO for the full report

Click here to view victim photos and a list of those who lost their life

Click here to view a disturbing twitter account created by an internet troll pretending to be Adam Lanza

Who is Adam Lanza? Why did he take so many lives?

Here’s a report posted by The Atlantic Wire:

Adam Lanza was 20 years old before he died on Friday — ABC, which first posted the photo above, is reporting that he took his own life after taking those of 20 children, six adults, and his mother. His brother Ryan, who was mistakenly identified as the shooter, hadn’t seen him since 2010, Ryan told authorities, according to The New York Post. According to the Associated Press, Ryan described his younger brother to authorities as “somewhat autistic” and said he suffered from a personality disorder. People with autism sometimes display “behaviors beyond their control,” according to this site. Though there is not much research on the connection between violent crimes and autism,one study found 15 percent of juveniles evaluated in a “forensic setting” in Sweden had autistic spectrum disorders. (Asperger’s is a form of autism but is no longer listed in the DSM-5; click here for more on the latest research.) Another law enforcement official told Fox that Adam Lanza had a “checkered past … troubled youth for most of his life,” but CNN is reporting that he had no criminal record.

Click here to view the rest of the report

RIP Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims


Emilie Parker

Emilie Parker
Age: 6
Student at Sandy Hook Elementary School (1st grader)



Catherine V. Hubbard
Age: 6
Sandy Hook Elementary School (1st grader)



Jessica Rekos
Age: 6

Sandy Hook Elementary School (1st grader)


Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung (pictured above) and school psychologist Mary Sherlach (pictured below) were both in a meeting with several other faculty members when gun shots were heard from outside the room. Hochsprung and Sherlach immediately left the room and rushed to the source of the sounds. Other staff members and teachers who were at the meeting said they heard screams followed by gunshots. They were both gunned down.

Mary Sherlach

Mary Sherlach, 56, was school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Mary Sherlach had looked forward to spending more time on Owasco Lake during her retirement. She and her husband, Bill, owned a cabin along the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.  Mary Sherlach was one year away from retirement.  But on Friday morning, her life ended in one of the most deadly school shooting’s in American history.

Sherlach was described as a problem solver and proud parentClick here to read her story




Jesse Lewis, six, pictured with his father Neil Heslin, was killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School



Chase Kowalski, 7, – Chase was one of the twenty students gunned down on 12/14/12 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – 1st Grader


A Collage of victim photos

A music teacher managed to save 15 children during Friday’s shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut by barricading them into a closet, while gunman Adam Lanza, 20, stood outside screaming ‘Let me in! Let me in!’
Maryrose Kristopik has been hailed a ‘hero’ by parents after herding the children to safety in a closet and barricading the door to prevent Lanza from entering.

Abbey Clements (right) said she tried to keep the children in her second grade class calm as the sound of gunfire rang out over the loud-speaker

Pictured: Victoria Soto (11-04-85 – 12-14-12) who attempted to hide several children in the closet and cupboards. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students.

There is a Facebook page titled RIP Victoria Soto which was created to honor and remember the young woman who put her life on the line to protect her students.


LEFT: Photo of Carlee Soto crying as she frantically tries to get in touch with her sister, Victoria Soto who was among the 27 victims. RIGHT: Mother hugs her sobbing child, after he an other classmates are rescued and brought out to safety.


Parents of Ana Greene, one of the 20 child victims


Children are rescued and led away by authorities and teachers

The community of Newtown gathered to remember the victims who died on Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

Mourners gather outside a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. on Friday

Hope: People pray and stand outside the overflow area of a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown to remember the lives lost in the tragic school shooting


A list of all those who lost their lives on December 14, 2012


Anthony Baracey holds flowers honoring victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school killing before a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2012


This composite photo shows Dawn Hocksprung, 47, (left), Anne Marie Murphy, 52, (center) and Lauren Rousseau, 30, (right) who are among the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Join In Loving Memory of  Sandy Hook Elementary Victims which is a Facebook group created in memory of all the Sandy Hook Victims.

First Victim Named In The Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy – RIP

Ana Marquez-Greene, seven, was named as one of the first victims of the Connecticut shooting on Friday. R.I.P Beautiful girl.



Click here for additional victims and photos including a list of all those who lost their lives

For all the latest updates on this tragedy please join the Facebook group RIP Sandy Hook Elementary School Children

The victims of the Connecticut school massacre ranged in age from 6 to 56, according to information released by state police. Eighteen of the victims were described as female; eight were male. Twenty-six people died at the school, excluding the gunman. Twenty were children; six were adults.

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Police admit they DID overlook evidence that ‘would have convicted Casey Anthony’ after search for ‘foolproof suffocation’ on day daughter Caylee was last seen alive

  • A mis-spelled term was searched on Anthony family computer on June 16, 2008 when Casey Anthony visited her parents with her daughter, Caylee
  • Whoever conducted the Google search looked for the term “fool-proof suffication,” misspelling “suffocation.”
  • Caylee disappeared that day – but Casey didn’t report her missing until ONE MONTH later.
  • Her body was found six months later in December, 2008
  • Casey was deemed ‘the most hated woman in America’ and is now in hiding after being acquitted in the murder of Caylee Marie Anthony

Troubling: On the day that two-year-old Caylee Anthony disappeared, someone at the Florida home searched ‘fool-proof suffocation’. Casey (pictured) was acquitted of her murder in July 2011

ORLANDO, FLORIDA —  The Florida sheriff’s office that investigated Caylee Anthony’s death confirmed Sunday that it overlooked a computer search for suffocation methods made from the little girl’s home on the day she was last seen alive.

Orange County sheriff’s Capt. Angelo Nieves said the office’s computer investigator missed a June 16, 2008, Google search for “fool-proof” suffocation methods. The agency’s admission was first reported by Orlando television station WKMG. It’s not known who performed the search. The station reported it was done on a browser primarily used by the 2-year-old’s mother, Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of the girl’s murder in 2011.

Anthony’s attorneys argued during trial that Casey Anthony helped her father, George Anthony, cover up the girl’s drowning in the family pool.

WKMG reports that sheriff’s investigators pulled 17 vague entries only from the computer’s Internet Explorer browser, not the Mozilla Firefox browser commonly used by Casey Anthony. More than 1,200 Firefox entries, including the suffocation search, were overlooked.

Photo of Casey Anthony and little Caylee as a baby, less than two years later, she was National news due to her disappearance and murder

Acquitted: Casey Anthony reacts as she is found not guilty in the murder of her daughter Caylee. She is flanked by her attorneys, Jose Baez, left, and Dorothy Clay Sims, right

Acquitted: Casey Anthony reacts as she is found not guilty in the murder of her daughter Caylee. She is flanked by her attorneys, Jose Baez, left, and Dorothy Clay Sims, right


July 17, 211 In this file photo: Casey Anthony, right, walks out of the Orange County Jail with her attorney, Jose Baez, left, after she was aquitted for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony

Article originally published on 11/25/12

Click here for full article written and published by FOXNEWS

Disappearance of a toddler at a bowling alley remains unsolved

Pictured above: Teekah Lewis, photo taken almost one month to the day of Teekah’s disappearance. Her case is a classic case of child abduction and almost fourteen years later, her case remains unsolved.

Age progressed photo of what Teekah Lewis might look like at 16 years of age

11/07/12, TACOMA, WA — Teekah Lewis was just a toddler when she was abducted while on a family outing. The 2-year-old vanished on the night of January 23, 1999 while she was with over a dozen family members at a bowling alley which is now “New Frontier Lanes” located on Center Street in Tacoma, Washington.

At approximately 10:15pm, the tot was in the arcade section pretending to play videos games, and the last time her family saw her she was enjoying herself and was all smiles. It only took a few moments to turn around and realize she was missing and that’s when panic struck.

A frantic search ensued, but the little was nowhere insight.

There was over 300 people at the bowling alley on the night Teekah disappeared yet nobody witnessed anything. According to family members, she was last seen playing the race-car video game which was only a few feet away from family and approximately five or six feet away from the exit door.

“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.” Teekah’s mother, Theresa Lewis said back in 2010.

Investigators interviewed hundreds of people threw-out the years including many of the people in the bowling alley that night, but no arrests were ever made and Teekah was never located and almost fourteen years later, her whereabouts remain unknown.

Every so many years, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children would distribute a age-progressed photo of what the missing child might look like and each time, callers would call in with possible matches only to find out it was a Miss-identification.

Age-progressed photo of what Teekah might have looked like at age thirteen, she turned sixteen-years-old this past year.

 Tacoma Police have said the case remains active and although they don’t have that one missing piece of the puzzle, they still get tips every so often and one of those tips came up 2010 when Theresa Lewis said she received a new tip from a man in his 40’s at a vigil that was being held on her daughters tenth anniversary since her disappearance. The unidentified man was quote as saying that he had visions of the missing child.

 The information was then relayed to police and when asked for details, Theresa said: “There’s just more to the story. I just can’t say. I wish I could, but I can’t,” English said. “All I can say is that it’s a roller coaster.”

 Investigators have spoken to the tipster, whom he only described as an “area man.” The tip prompted Tacoma police to begin digging at the Native Garden at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, but nothing every came from that lead and the case started to go cold.

Authorities have asked for the public’s assistance in helping identify a vehicle seen on the night Teekah disappeared. Witnesses reported seeing a maroon (late-model) 1980’s or early 90’s Pontiac Grand Am with dark windows and a spoiler who was at the bowling alley’s general area on 01/23/99

This case has been featured on TV shows including America’s Most Wanted, the episode is a web exclusive and can be found online. 

Teekah Lewis was last seen wearing a tweedy-bird sweatshirt with white sweatpants and carrying a little clear tot size purse. Some other facts below.

  • Has eczema with a skin coloration on her face and left side of buttocks
  • Has asthma which may require medical attention
  • Has dimples when she smiles
  • Has curly dark hair with natural red and grey highlights
  • Has brown eyes
  • Was 3’feet, weighing 35 pounds when she was last seen
  • Both ears were pierced in 1999
  • She is Biracial – Caucasian/Native-American/African-American
  • Her birthday also falls on Independence Day (07/04/96) ← website created titled “Find Teekah Lewis”

Her loved ones are still praying for a miracle, they’ve said they will never give up on her safe return, with Theresa saying: “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”

In July, 2012 Tacoma police searched a local home for any evidence regarding the missing toddler. The search of the house in the 800 block of South Hawthorne Street came after authorities contacted a man who pleaded guilty to a child-luring at a different bowling alley in Tacoma, WA. According to Detectives,  they are still evaluating this part of the investigation, but have not discovered anything significant at this point. But despite another dead-end, police and loved ones of the missing girl remain hopeful that one day this case will get solved.

January 27, 2013 will mark the fourteen years since Teekah Lewis was last seen alive and her family continues to celebrate her life, with her birthday falling on the 4th of July,  every year her mother bakes her a cake, buys her balloons and writes a message to the toddler on it. In her mind, her daughter is still a toddler who hasn’t aged, despite the fact that she’d be in her teens today.

Photo of Theresa  Lewis, Teekah’s mother, taken on July 4, 2011, her daughters 15th birthday

Click here to view an article written and published by Komonnews on July 4, 2011 regarding this case.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Tacoma Police Department – (253) 798-4721

Or contact: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s toll-free Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)