Tavia Elizabeth Bailey

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Left and Center: Tavia, circa 1985;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 31, 1985 from Pensacola, Florida
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 3, 1970
  • Age: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Tavia has a scar on her left cheekbone, a scar on the left side of her upper lip and a scar at her hairline which extends to her right eyebrow. Her ears are pierced multiple times. Her nicknames are Chrystal, Ms. T and Tee.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black fur coat and striped jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tavia was last seen in Pensacola, Florida on December 31, 1985. She lived with her mother on Sunbury Drive near Crescent Lake. She left to go to a New Year's Eve party and never returned. Tavia typically dated African-American men at the time of her disappearance and may have been in the company of one after she went missing.

    Tavia's mother stated her daughter had emotional and behavioral problems as a result of being sexually abused by her stepfather when she was eight years old. She received psychotherapy and spent time in group homes to help her recover from the trauma, but by the age of twelve was she sexually active and involved with drugs. She had run away several times before, once traveling as far as New York City, but she always kept in touch with her mother. After her December 1985 disappearance, she never called home again.

    Foul play is suspected in Tavia's disappearance; authorities believe she may have been taken against her will. Many agencies give the date of disappearance as January 23, 1986.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Escambia County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
    Escambia County Sheriff's Office
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Pensacola News-Journal


    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 23, 2017; picture added.

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