Tammy Jean Daniel

Above Images: Tammy. circa 1987

  • Missing Since 06/02/1987
  • Missing From Stanaford, West Virginia
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Height and Weight 5'7, 130 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A black t-shirt, a black leather jacket and blue jeans.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Tammy's maiden name is Hensdill. She has a splenectomy scar on her abdomen.

Details of Disappearance

Tammy was last seen on June 2, 1987, when her mother dropped her off at her trailer home in Stanaford, West Virginia. She has never been heard from again. Her husband of eighteen months, Ronald "Gene" Daniel, said he had seen Tammy inside and asked her to leave, and he never saw her again. Tammy's parents reported her missing.

Gene borrowed a vacuum cleaner from a neighbor on June 5, three days after Tammy's disappearance. When he returned it, its owners noticed a foul smell and a sticky substance on the vacuum. The police took it for testing and determined it was bloodstained and the blood was Tammy's type. When investigators searched the Daniel home, they found a stain on the bedroom carpet and possible blood on the carpet padding and the floor underneath. Gene has always maintained his innocence in Tammy's disappearance and said he thought she left of her own accord. In January 1989, he was convicted of murdering another man in a July 1988 shooting. He served a prison sentence and has been released.

A suspect was indicted for Tammy's murder in the 1990s. The indictment was dismissed for lack of evidence, however. Tammy has never been found, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

Investigating Agency

  • Raleigh County Sheriff's Office 304-255-9300

Source Information

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 31, 2014; details of disappearance updated.