Jane Alice Kelsey

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Above Images: Kelsey, circa 1994

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 22, 1994 from Syracuse, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 28, 1967
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'5, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue/hazel eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and black high-top sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Kelsey was having unspecified emotional problems at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kelsey was last seen at the Western Lights Plaza in the 100 block of Velasko Road between Grand Avenue and Onondaga Boulevard in Syracuse, New York on August 22, 1984. She was shopping with her family. Her former boyfriend, Ronald L. Tillinghast, approached her while she was in the jewelry section at K-Mart and asked her to marry him, but Kelsey refused. Afterwards, she and her Tillinghast left together on his bicycle. He later said he dropped her off at 5:30 p.m. at Fayette and North Geddes Streets. She has never been heard from again. Her loved ones filed a missing persons report the next day.

    Authorities initially believed Kelsey may have left of her own accord, but as time passed without her contacting anyone, they began to suspect foul play. She does not have a prior history of leaving without warning. Tillinghast, whom she had dated for eight years, cooperated with the investigation at first, but dropped out of sight after a few days. A month later, after he was arrested for probation violation, he said he had been camping along Onondaga Lake. Investigators searched the campsite, but turned up no evidence in Kelsey's disappearance. A photo of Tillinghast is posted below this case summary. He still lives in Syracuse and is a registered sex offender; he was convicted of attempted rape in 1999. He also has an arrest record for theft which pre-dated Kelsey's disappearance.

    Kelsey lived in the 100 block of north Geddes Street in 1994. Her case remains unsolved.

    Tillinghast
    Above: Ronald Tillinghast

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Syracuse Police Department
    315-442-5330

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Syracuse Police Department
    NamUs
    New York Registered Sex Offenders
    The Syracuse Post-Standard

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 16, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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