Tacoma police still trying to solve mysterious disappearance of 3-year-old girl

Staff writerJuly 25, 2013 

Lenoria Jones was 3 when she disappeared.

After 18 years, Tacoma police don’t whether the girl was killed, kidnapped or living elsewhere. Detectives continue working the case, hoping to one day have an answer.

Lenoria’s aunt, who had custody of the girl and was trying to adopt her, reported Lenoria missing July 20, 1995. She told police the girl wandered away while they were shopping at Target on South 23rd Street.

Officers reviewed surveillance tapes and discovered the aunt entered the store alone. There was no evidence Lenoria ever came to Target.

When confronted, the aunt gave varying accounts of what happened to the girl. She said the girl went missing from their Hilltop home on South Sheridan Avenue that morning. Then she claimed two men snatched her.

Lenoria’s mother told police she called two days before the girl was reported missing and was not allowed to speak to her daughter. It’s unclear how long Lenoria may have been missing before the aunt called police.

Detectives said Lenoria suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and required medication at the time of her disappearance. There was speculation in 1995 that Lenoria may have accidentally overdosed on her medication.

Lenoria was 3-feet and 40 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair worn in braids. She would be 21 today if she’s still alive.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is asking for information about the girl’s disappearance. Tipsters could receive up to $1,000 in reward money. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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