Pamela Dawn Tinsley

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Above Images: Tinsley, circa 1986


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 13, 1986 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 18, 1966
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Tinsley's ears are pierced. She smokes cigarettes. Her nickname is Pam.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A two-piece turquoise bathing suit with black polka dots, white shorts and flip-flop sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tinsley was last seen at Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 13, 1986. She was there with friends when, at 2:00 p.m., she said she was going to take a ride around the lake on a motorcycle with a man she had just met. Tinsley left her purse and cigarettes behind with her friends. She never returned from the ride and has never been heard from again. Tinsley's companion is described as Caucasian, 6'0 and 180 to 200 pounds, with brown hair and possibly a brown mustache. He was between 19 and 23 years old in 1986. He wore jeans, a t-shirt and sunglasses. His motorcycle was a blue 650 cc or 750 cc Kawasaki model. He has never been identified.

    Tinsley was having personal problems at the time of her disappearance. Three other people lived with her at her one-bedroom apartment in the 1200 block of north Kennedy in Edmond, Oklahoma. All of them were unemployed and none of them paid rent, and Tinsley had decided to evict them. A couple of weeks before her disappearance, the police discovered marijuana growing in her closet. Tinsley said the marijuana wasn't hers. Her fiance was serving with the military in another state, and he wrote to her regularly asking her to send him drugs.

    Tinsley's mother stated it would be very unusual for daughter to accept a ride with a stranger, or to leave her purse and cigarettes behind. She believes the motorcycle rider Tinsley met on the day of her disappearance was someone known to her, and that her disappearance may be drug-related. There is no indication that Tinsley left of her own accord; she left behind all her belongs, including her clothes and her Volkwagen, and as she was engaged to be married, she would be unlikely to run away with another man. Tinsley worked as a deliverer for the Oklahoman newspaper at the time she vanished. Her parents are still alive and still hope she will be found. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oklahoma City Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Oklahoman
    Cold Case Oklahoma
    KOCO Oklahoma City


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 2, 2010; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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