Details of Disappearance Tracy was last seen at the Alex Acres Trailer Park off Pennsylvania Route 147 at 10:00 p.m. on August 5, 1989. She was trying to visit her twenty-year-old sister and brother-in-law who resided at the park, but they were not at home. She dropped off a barbecue grill and some grocery store coupons on their front step.
Tracy never arrived back at her family's house in Millersburg, Pennsylvania and has not been seen again. The trailer park is approximately seven miles west of her own home. She was not reported missing until the next day because her parents thought she had spent the night at her sister's home, as she often did. They called police after finding out Tracy was not at her sister's house.
Tracy's blue-striped white 1971 Mercury Comet was located at the town square in Millersburg the following evening, August 6, 1989. A photo of Tracy's car is posted below this case summary. Her belongings were not inside the vehicle and there was no trace of Tracy. The town square was a local gathering spot, and she may have been seen sitting on the steps of a store across from the street from the square earlier on the evening of her disappearance.
Parts of her wallet, including her driver's license and National Honor Society card, were found in December 1993, over four years after Tracy initially vanished. The wallet located in an area along Wiconisco Creek, off Rakers Mill Road in Washington Township, nine miles from Millersburg.
Authorities believe Tracy may have been on her way to see her boyfriend when she disappeared; his parents lived a short distance away from the Millersburg town square.
Police have focused the investigation on Tracy's boyfriend and his family over the years. Tracy's boyfriend's brother stated his family had been cooperative with the investigation and were innocent of involvement in Tracy's disappearance, and that the investigation has been mishandled.
In August 2019, after testifying before a grand jury about Tracy's disappearance, Matthew Webster was charged with perjury in her case. He had allegedly admitted to a key witness, Holly Mallett, that he was involved in Tracy's disappearance. He said he and some friends encountered her on the Millersburg square and supposedly added, "It was supposed to be just a rape and done but then it turned out to be a lot more than that." On the stand, however, Webster denied having ever spoken to the witness.
Mallett was interviewed by police in 2018 and told them that, in 2016, Webster had told her he was involved in Tracy's rape and murder. A court-ordered wiretap recorded the pair talking about how she would deny earlier statements to the police.
A photo of Webster is posted with this case summary. He has not been charged in connection with Tracy's actual disappearance, only with lying in his testimony about it. If convicted of perjury, he could face up to seven years in prison. Mallett has not faced any charges.
Tracy does not have a history of running away from home. She left $300 behind in her bedroom and $400 in her bank account. She is described as a shy, studious teenager with no enemies. She was about to start her senior year at Halifax High School, whose principal described her as "an extremely responsible student." She was a member of the National Honor Society, an artist on the school newspaper, the yearbook editor, and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Authorities believe that she was abducted, probably by someone she knew. Tracy's case remains unsolved.
- Pennsylvania State Police
Updated 13 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 14, 2019; details of disappearance updated.