Rae Meichelle Tener

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Above: Tener, circa 2004

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 25, 2004 from West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 25, 1968
  • Age: 36 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Tener has tattoos on her chest, arm and ankle. Some agencies spell her middle name "Michelle."
  • Medical Conditions: Tener has a history of drug abuse.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tener was last seen at her mobile home on Drexel Road in West Palm Beach, Florida on August 25, 2004. Her teenage son woke up and found his mother gone. Tener's family reported her missing on August 29. She kept in daily telephone contact with her mother, but none of her relatives have heard from her since her disappearance. Tener left behind her new car and never picked up her last paycheck at Maid USA in Delray Beach, Florida. Although she had previously left her son alone for several days at a time, her family says it would be uncharacteristic of her to abandon him completely.

    Mark Barrow, one of Tener's neighbors, was tried for her murder in 2007. A photograph of him posted below this case summary. He is known to have disliked her because he thought she influenced his live-in girlfriend, Peggy LaSalle, to use drugs. A small amount of Tener's blood was found in Barrow's van after her disappearance.

    At Barrow's murder trial, LaSalle testified he had confessed Tener's murder to her. He allegedly told LaSalle that he and Tener had had an argument and he pushed her. Tener fell and struck her head on some steps. Barrow beat her with a rock and a sledgehammer afterwards, tightened a zip-tie around her throat, put her body in a plastic bag and dumped it in a canal. Barrow's lawyers maintained that Tener was not dead, but had left the area to avoid trouble with LaSalle. Barrow was convicted of Tener's murder in August 2007 and sentenced to life in prison, but in 2012 his conviction was reversed and sent back for retrial. He continues to maintain his innocence.

    Tener previously lived in Ohio. Although her remains have never been recovered, foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

    Barrow
    Above: Mark Barrow

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
    800-458-8477

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    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 9, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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