Tinsley, approximately 1996
Date reported missing : 09/08/1996
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/22/1972 (49)
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7 - 5'8, 110 - 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white halter top and blue and white shorts.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Tinsley has a tattoo of a dollar sign between the thumb and index finger of her left hand, an ink spot on her wrist, and a tattoo on her left ankle that says "S/L."
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Tinsley was last seen getting into a blue 1995 Chevrolet sedan outside her home on Baker Street in Toledo, Ohio at 8:15 p.m. on September 8, 1996. She was suspicious before she got into the vehicle, and asked her mother to write down its license plate number in case she didn't return. The vehicle was being driven by a Caucasian male. Tinsley has never been heard from again.
Foul play is suspected in Tinsley's disappearance. She has a criminal record and investigators believe she was using crack cocaine at the time of her disappearance, but it is uncharacteristic of her to leave her mother or her three children without warning.
Several local women were murdered or disappeared around the same time as Tinsley; all of the victims were Gender : workers. A serial killer confessed to killing some of them, but other cases remain unsolved and it is not clear whether they are related.
Tinsley's disappearance remains unsolved. One of her children was killed in an accidental fire in 1997.
Other information and links : ncy
Toledo Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Toledo Blade
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