Tammy Marie Lynds disappeared from her home on July 21, 1994. Her body was found almost four months later. Cause of death could not be determined due to decomposition.
About the Case
On the night of July 21, 1994, 15-year-old Tammy Marie Lynds seemed nervous and afraid. She planned on sneaking out of her house to go see a friend or possible boyfriend, and informed her 10-year-old sister, Allison, she was dreading the encounter.
Before she left home, she woke her dad, who was sleeping on the couch, to tell him to go to bed. Tammy walked out the front door, slipped out the side gate of the yard, careful to avoid tripping the motion sensor lights, and disappeared into the night.
When Tammy had not returned home, her family reported her missing on July 22.
On November 4, 1994, Tammy’s body was found in a wooded area off of Fox Road by a man who was bike riding in the woods with his son. Cause of death could not be determined due to decomposition.
A week prior to her disappearance, Tammy wrote in her diary about sneaking out and meeting her boyfriend. That night, a group of men outside a bar made her feel uncomfortable as she walked by, and in her diary she wrote, “but when I was going past the first bar, I had a man start following me, I booked.” It is unclear which bar she is referring to or if police were able to track the men down and interview them.
According to her diary, her and the person she met with that night engaged in some sexual activity at his home.
“When I got to his house he let me in and I lad [sic] on his bed he closed the window. Then he turn [sic] off the lights and then unbuttoned my shirt and lad [sic] down with me, kissing me also. Then he asked me if I wanted to do the…”
There was little done in the investigation of Tammy’s death, and media, by all accounts, stopped reporting on it. When Tammy’s family reported her missing, she was automatically labeled a run away. Even after finding her body, police did not seem in a hurry to find a killer.
22 years have passed since Tammy’s death, and not one person has been charged in her case or named as a suspect.
True Crime Diva’s Thoughts
I would like to know who this “boyfriend” was she was meeting with. I think he’s the key here. He’s not named in her diary and I don’t think police ever found out who he was. It’s obvious that he was a teenager as well because she had to sneak into his room via the window. Surely, Tammy’s friends knew who this boy was. Why didn’t they go to the police?
It’s interesting that Tammy doesn’t name the boyfriend in her diary. Maybe she did that in case someone read it. But why the secrecy? Why did she sneak out at night to meet him instead of somewhere during the day? It was almost as if they could not be seen together.
It appears there was some sexual activity between her and this mystery guy. How far it went nobody knows but could she have been pregnant the night she disappeared? Maybe she was going to tell him and that was why she wasn’t looking forward to going. And maybe he didn’t like what she had to say and something happened. From what I understand, the night she disappeared she was to meet this guy in the woods somewhere, not his house. So, I feel like she had something to tell him. Maybe that she was pregnant or she was going to break things off. Exactly where they were to meet is unclear. The location her body was found is a common dumping ground so she probably wasn’t killed there.
It’s obvious she was murdered. I’m guessing strangulation or smothering was the cause of death. And I think her killer is the mystery guy. If he did not kill her, then why hasn’t he come forward about the meeting that night or the previous rendezvous in his bedroom?
There is the slight chance she was abducted by a stranger as she was walking to meet him, but I don’t think that is what happened. She had a reason for dreading the meet. Whatever that reason was we may never know.