Lenoria Jones was 3 when she disappeared.
After 18 years, Tacoma police don’t know whether the girl was killed or kidnapped or is living elsewhere. Detectives continue working the case and have renewed calls for information on the girl’s disappearance.
Lenoria’s great 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 woman entered the store alone. There was no evidence Lenoria ever came to Target.
When confronted, the great aunt gave varying accounts. She said the girl went missing from their home on South Sheridan Avenue that morning. Then she said 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 might have been missing before the aunt called police.
Detectives said that at the time of her disappearance Lenoria suffered from attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and required medication. There was speculation in 1995 that Lenoria may have accidentally overdosed on her medication.
Lenoria was 3 feet tall, weighed 40 pounds and had brown eyes and black hair worn in braids. She would now be 21.
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is asking for information about the case. Tipsters could receive up to $1,000 in reward money. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.