Details of Disappearance Lucy was reportedly last seen in the parking lot of the Rivergate Mall in Goodlettsville, Tennessee on July 25, 1996. Her mother, Yong Meadows, told authorities that she let Lucy exit their vehicle's back seat on the driver's side. Yong then walked to the passenger side of the car to retrieve packages. When she turned around, Lucy had disappeared.
The mall's security team was alerted to Lucy's disappearance immediately and an extensive search of the parking lot and surrounding area was completed by law enforcement. No evidence related to her case was discovered, although witnesses saw a brown or champagne-colored minivan in the parking lot which may be connected to her disappearance. It has never been identified. Lucy has never been heard from again.
Lucy resided on a farm in Clarksville, Tennessee with her parents in 1996. Investigators searched the property, but there was no indication of her whereabouts. Yong's marriage to Lucy's father, Tom Meadows, had been troubled. According to Tom, the source the problems was Yong's friendship with Hyong S. "Tammy" Dy, whom Tom referred to as a "devastating influence" on the family.
After Dy's husband was deployed with the Air Force, she moved into the Meadows home for what was supposed to only be a few weeks, but wound up staying for months. A few weeks prior to Lucy's disappearance, Tom began eviction proceedings against Ty; he said neighbors had wound Lucy wandering around outside alone and crying, and that Yong had begun leaving Lucy's eleven-year-old brother home alone for extended time periods.
Lucy's parents filed for divorce a month after she went missing. The divorce was granted in 1997 and Yong was granted custody of both the couple's children. Tom, who has been active in the search for Lucy, believes Dy may have been involved in her disappearance.
Yong has reportedly been uncooperative in the investigation and has given inconsistent statements. She initially said Lucy was out of her sight for only a few seconds, then changed the time to 10 to 15 minutes. In addition, a witness reported that Yong said Lucy disappeared from a mall in Clarksville, Tennessee, before saying she disappeared from the Rivergate Mall.
Investigators have stated they do not believe Lucy was at either mall on the day she was supposedly abducted. Yong has failed two polygraph tests about her daughter's disappearance, and when she was last interviewed, she refused to make a statement at all.
In November 2004, a witness came forward and said he had seen Lucy at her parents' home on the night prior to her disappearance and the child looked "as if she could have been dead." At least two adults were present, including Lucy's mother, and the witness stated the adults appeared to be panic-stricken, asked for a Bible and shouted Lucy's name repeatedly.
The witness was only twelve years old at the time Lucy disappeared and says he didn't come forward sooner because he initially didn't realize the significance of what he saw. He has passed a polygraph test and investigators believe his story. He has not been publicly identified, but investigators stated he is a family member. Yong has not provided any comment on the witness's statement and is no longer cooperating with the police in Lucy's case.
Authorities attempted to start a grand jury investigation about Lucy's disappearance in Montgomery County, the county where she lived, rather than Davidson County, where the Rivergate Mall is, suggesting that they think whatever happened to Lucy happened in Montgomery County. Nothing has come of this thus far, however. Lucy's case remains unsolved.
- Goodlettsville Police Department
Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 18, 2020; details of disappearance updated.