Tracy Lea Stewart

Above: Stewart, circa 1981


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 9, 1981 from Carson, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 26, 1963
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark flower-print blouse and blue jeans. Carrying a blue purse.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Stewart was last seen in Carson, California on August 9, 1981. Her family stated she left her home to go on a date with a young man named Bobby, whom she had just met hours before. The two of them drove away in a pickup truck. Stewart told her mother she would be home by 1:00 a.m., but she has never been heard from again.

    Stewart had graduated high school prior to her disappearance and was considered a normal teenager, with no problems and no history as a runaway. Her mother described her as a shy person who had few romantic relationships and took care of her younger brother while her parents both worked.

    In 1987, Robert Wayne Beckett Jr. was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Stewart's disappearance. At the time of his arrest, he had just finished serving two years a Colorado prison for assault. In 1988, Robert's father, Robert Wayne Beckett Sr., was also arrested and charged with Stewart's murder. A jury subsequently convicted Robert Jr. of Stewart's murder. He initially agreed to testify against his father, but later reneged. Charges against Beckett Sr. had to be dropped as a result.

    Robert Sr. was rearrested in 1993 when his son again promised to testify against him. Robert Jr. stated he met Stewart at Hermosa Beach on the day of her disappearance and they went bowling before he took her to the apartment he shared with his father. He and Robert Sr. subsequently raped and tortured Stewart for three days, and then killed her together by strangling her and clubbing her. Robert Jr. said they dumped her body in a rural area in Riverside County or Orange County in California, but he couldn't remember the exact location. Robert Sr. was convicted of Stewart's murder in 1995. He also confessed to murdering a Florida woman in 1983, at the behest of the victim's husband. The woman's infant daughter was left with her mother's body and died before she could be rescued. Another man was wrongfully convicted of the crime and served nine years in prison before authorities realized he was innocent and released him. Robert Sr. received immunity from prosecution in the Florida case, in exchange for his testimony against the victim's husband who hired him.

    Stewart's remains have never been found, but both Becketts are serving life terms in prison for her murder. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Daily Breeze
    The Miami Herald


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 14, 2013; clothing/jewelry description added.

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