Bethany Maria Tiner

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Left: Bethany, circa 1997;
Right: Age-progression to age 22 (circa 2015)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 1, 1997 from Chickasha, Oklahoma
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: January 2, 1993
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'6, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Bethany has a birthmark just above her hairline. She may use the last names Barlow and/or Kennedy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bethany disappeared from Chickasha, Oklahoma on January 1, 1997, the day before her fourth birthday. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Teresa L. Kennedy. A photograph and vital statistics for Kennedy are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for child stealing was issued for her on May 8, 1997. Kennedy and Bethany were seen in Oak Harbor, Washington after the child's abduction; Kennedy has relatives there. They may be traveling in a blue 1984 Chevrolet Cavalier with the Oklahoma license plate numbered SNG029.

    Bethany's parents had gotten divorced in 1996 after ten years of marriage, and initially they shared custody of Bethany and her older sister, Catherine. Teresa abducted only Bethany, leaving Catherine with the girls' father. Their father was granted full custody of both girls after the abduction and tracked Bethany and Kennedy to Washington, but they disappeared again before he could recover his daughter. Bethany now has half-siblings whose existence she doesn't know about, who would like to meet her someday.

    Bethany and her mother may be traveling with Teresa's lesbian partner, Rachel Geneva Lewis. Photographs of Lewis are unavailable. She was 23 years old at the time of Bethany's abduction. She is 5'2 tall and 210 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on her right leg. Bethany and Kennedy may be in California, Colorado or Canada. Bethany's whereabouts are unknown and her case remains unsolved.

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    Teresa L. Kennedy
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    Left: Teresa Kennedy;
    Right: Age-progression to age 40 (circa 2008)

    Date of Birth: September 19, 1968
    Age: 28 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'2, 165 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kennedy may use the alias Teresa Louise Tiner. She may wear contact lenses or eyeglasses.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chickasha Police Department
    405-222-6050

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs
    KFOR-TV

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    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 10, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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