The family of a Tacoma girl missing for 16 years will gather Friday (Jan. 23) for a candlelight vigil.
The remembrance for Teekah Lewis will be at 7 p.m. at the site where she disappeared, 4602 Center St. Now a Home Depot outlet, it once was the New Frontier Lanes.
Teekah’s family was there Jan. 23, 1999. The little girl was playing a coin-operated machine while her relatives bowled nearby. No one heard her call for help and no one saw her being abducted.
Police believe a stranger kidnapped Teekah, who was 2½ at the time, but have not made an arrest.
Detective Lindsey Wade said a dark maroon or purple Pontiac Grand Am was seen speeding out of the parking lot about the time Teekah went missing and it likely was the girl’s abductor.
More than 700 tips have trickled in over the years but none panned out.
Teekah’s mother, Theresa, said Thursday the last year has been particularly hard on the family because Teekah now has two nephews.
“I would love for my daughter to come home and see her nephews,” she said. “All I’ve been doing is hoping and praying there’s a break in this case. My family just wants her home.”