Welcome! Please help us locate Teekah Lewis. Teekah was last seen on January 23, 1999 at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the New Frontier Lanes bowling alley in Tacoma,Washington. She was playing in the arcade section of the bowling alley just a few feet away from her Mom.|
Teekah Lewis is an African/Native American female. She has brown curly shoulder length hair with red highlights. (She had some grey in her hair.) Teekah also has brown eyes. She was 3'0" and weighed about 35 lbs. at the time of her abduction. Her hair was usually worn in braids. She had dimples, a birthmark, and both ears were pierced. Teekah was born on July 4, 1996. She was 2 years old when she went missing, but she is now 7 years old.
She was wearing a green Tweety Bird t-shirt, white sweat pants, and red, black, and white Air Jordan sneakers. Teekah was also carrying a clear purse with a fish design on it.
A car was seen leaving the bowling alley parking lot shortly after Teekah disappeared. This person may be a witness to her abduction. We are looking for a maroon late 80's or early 90's Pontiac Grand Am with dark windows and a spoiler on the back. (Click here to view a photo of a similar looking car.)
Please be advised that Teekah has asthma and bad allergies. She may be receiving treatment for either of these problems to this day. We ask that hospitals, doctors, and clinics be on alert for anyone fitting Teekah's description that may be receiving treatment for asthma or bad allergies. Teekah was taken at a very young age so she may "appear" to be comfortable with the people she is with thinking THEY are her parents when in fact they aren't. It would be understandable if she has no clue that she is a victim of an abduction because of the early age she was taken at.
If you have any information on Teekah Lewis please contact the Tacoma Police Department (Washington State) at 1-253-798-4721, or The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678, or please call your local FBI. (You may also dial 9-1-1 in your area to report sightings of Teekah.) There is a $26,000.00 reward for the return of Teekah, with an arrest and conviction.
WSP MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE: 1-800-543-5678
NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN: 1-800-843-5678
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEEKAH! Teekah turned 12 years old on July 4, 2008. Please keep Teekah and her family in your prayers.
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Article from "The News Tribune":
One minute she was there: A shy 2-year-old with deep dimples and dark curly hair in ponytails, sitting in the seat of a car racing game Saturday night at New Frontier Lane bowling alley in Tacoma.
The next minute, she was gone.
After exhaustively searching a 1.5-mile radius from the bowling alley at 4702 Center Street for more than 15 hours, police concluded at 5 p.m. Sunday that 2-year-old Teekah Lewis had been abducted.
"There's no concrete evidence about what happened," said Pierce County sheriff's Sgt. Cyndie Fajardo, who coordinated nearly three dozen search-and-rescue volunteers at the scene. "She vanished into thin air."
Four FBI agents began working on the case Sunday; another four were expected to join the effort today in a joint investigation with Tacoma police. Police spokesman Ed Baker said the FBI is brought in whenever a small child is abducted and because the agency offers "a wealth of resources." Teekah's family even brought in a psychic.
"Just bring my daughter back," Theresa English, 27, of Tacoma, begged whoever took her child. "I want my daughter back. I will do anything to get my daughter back."
About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, English, Teekah, and nearly a dozen other family members went to New Frontier Lanes for moonlighting bowling. They took up lanes 7 and 8 of the popular 32-lane bowling alley. Bowlers described it as a fun, rambunctious night with the lanes crowded with families; there weren't even spaces left in the parking lot.
Teekah was playing games, carrying a purse she had bought with Christmas money. The clear plastic bag adorned with fishes was filled with change her uncle had give her and Starburst, her favorite candy. She tried to win a stuffed animal from a coin-operated machine, but when she just lost her quarters, her uncle won a teddy bear for her. Teekah gave her prize to her 10-month-old baby sister.
"About 10:30 p.m., she wandered beyond the lanes to a video games area and "Cruisin' World"," a coin-operated car-racing game, English and others said. English stayed with her- the game is only 6 feet from the exit door. When it was English's turn to bowl, her boyfriend, 27-year-old Fred Biggs, positioned himself near Teekah. Then it was Biggs' turn at the pins, so Teekah's uncle, Timmy Czapiewski, stood near her, English said.
He turned only for a moment to watch Biggs throw his bowling ball , English said. When he turned back, Teekah was gone.
English said she and her family searched for a few moments, then alerted an off-duty Tacoma police officer who was working security at the bowling alley.
An announcement went out over the loudspeaker: A 2-year-old was missing.
"My heart instantly stopped," said Tina Bonomo, 26, who was bowling with her family on lanes next to English's family.
Bonomo said English's family scattered through the bowling alley looking behind every video machine and under every bowling ball rack. English's boyfriend was crying. Police poured in. Fifteen minutes after Teekah disappeared, police cordoned off the parking lot and began searching every car going out.
English said she suspects a woman who had asked to hold a relative's baby during the evening may have been involved in the abduction. Police are investigating that possibility but don't consider her a prime suspect because her whereabouts have been accounted for, police spokesman Baker said.
Baker cautioned that the woman - and everyone else at the bowling alley that night - is being investigated. Police said the case is probably not a custodial dispute involving the girl's father: Robert Lewis is jailed at McNeil Island Corrections Center. English declined to say what Teekah's father was serving time for but said he has been appraised of the search for his missing daughter. He and English have two children. English also has three other children.
Police are looking into lists of registered sex offenders living near the bowling alley and checking the backgrounds of employees who work there for possible leads.
After the disappearance, 33 volunteer search-and-rescue personnel, including eight dog handlers, began combing the area around the bowling alley in case Teekah had simply wandered off. A helicopter scanned the neighborhood with an infrared device looking for heat sources that might indicate the body of a lost toddler.
By midday Sunday, volunteer searchers who had worked through the night were tired but still willing to probe under every bush and behind every building.
"When that call comes through for a 2-year-old little kid, there's no buts about it - you go, and stay till it's over," said Ryan Sorsdahl, a 19-year-old search-and-rescue field leader. "But it's pretty tough when you know what you are looking for."
By midafternoon they had nothing. American Red Cross workers supplied the weary searchers, as well as Teekah's family and officers, with snacks, sandwiches, and coffee.
The family called on a psychic Sunday morning but didn't get any leads. Teekah's grandmother, Mary Czapiewski, was trying to stay strong for her family.
"Everything is going through my mind," she said. "Everything." (Story by: Dani Dodge)