Tricia J. Kellett

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Tricia, circa 1982;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to 36 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 7, 1982 from Chicago, Illinois
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: May 31, 1973
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 70 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Tricia had a space between her upper front teeth at the time of her disappearance. She has previously broken her left wrist and fractured her skull.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue long-sleeved sweater, blue jeans and brown shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tricia left her family's Uptown apartment in Chicago, Illinois after school on May 7, 1982, and went to play with friends in the street. She was apparently seen speaking to an unidentified male shortly before her disappearance. Witnesses told investigators that they saw the man pull Tricia into a blue four-door 1979 Dodge or Pontiac car. The vehicle was described as having a damaged front passenger door and a license plate beginning with the letters "Q" and "R." Her mother realized she was missing at 4:00 p.m. and the family started looking for Tricia. Her mother called the police a few times that evening, but the authorities didn't join in the search until 10:00 p.m. Tricia has never been heard from again and the vehicle remains unidentified.

    Tricia's parents are divorced. She lived with her mother and stepfather at the time of her disappearance, but saw her father regularly. She was well-known in her neighborhood and was active in a local church. Her mother moved out of their former apartment later in 1982 and now lives in Missouri. Tricia's disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chicago Police Department
    312-744-8266

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Chicago Tribune
    The San Diego Union-Tribune
    The Seguin Gazette Enterprise
    Facebook Page for Tricia Kellett

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 15, 2015; picture added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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