On November 15th, 2006, Tracy, aged 19, was last seen at the Pilot Travel Center, at the Galloway exit off the I-40 east of North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Tracy had been living in Albany, Oregon, when she joined a travelling magazine sales company.
Her boyfriend and employer, Robert Blair, dropped Tracy off at the Pilot Travel Center on that day to sell magazine subscriptions. The Pilot Travel Center was often visited by the average man, but Tracy had also been seen talking to truckers who had been in and out of the centre all day.
When Robert called Tracy to pick her up, there was no answer on her phone.
Robert reached out to Tracy’s mum the next day, the 16th of November, but she had also not heard from Tracy. On the 17th of November, Robert went to the police and reported Tracy as a missing person.
Robert and Tracy’s mum tried to get the authroities to put Tracy’s photo on the news to raise awareness, but by the time the news had posted her photo, Tracy’s body had already been found.
Tracy’s body was found at 5:30pm on the 26th of November 2006, in a semi- wooded ditch just off Highway 61 in the area of South Third St, near Westview in Memphis, Tennessee.
Tracy had been bound with duct tape, and she was found to be paritally naked. She had been sexually assualted, and had been stabbed several times in her head and body. Her offical cause of death was blunt force head trauma.
Tracy had not been killed at the location she was found at, and although the cornor is not exactly sure when Tracy died, they estimate that she died closer to the 26th of November.
This means that Tracy was held against her will for possibly ten days.
Multiple DNA samples were collected from Tracy’s body, and these have been stored.
Tracy’s case is being investigated by agents Ann Alexander and Conner Hagan from the Little Rock FBI Field Office. They are asking anyone, especially truckers who travelled along the I-40 corridor, to come forward if they saw Tracy, or if they saw anything unusal between the 15th of November and the 26th of November 2006.
There is a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those responisble for Tracy’s death.
You can contact the Little Rock FBI Field Office on: 501-221-9100
Sadly, Tracy is not the first teenager to disappear whilst selling magazines for a company that is associated with Atlantic Circulations Inc.
Jennifer Hammond, 18 from Colorado, disappeared in the August of 2003 whilst selling magazine subscriptions in a trailer park in Saratoga County, New York State.
Jennifer’s case was cold for a while, until October 2009 when fragments of skull were found in Greenfield, New York. The fragments of the skull have been identified as Jennifer’s, and authorities are still working to find Jennifer’s killer.
Jennifer and Tracy’s cases have raised concerns over the safety of magazine selling door to door, as members of these sales crews are incredibly vulnerable to assault and exploration from customers, other sales members and their managers.
Hopefully one day Tracy and Jennifer’s cases will be solved, and justice will be served for their families.
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