WA HELEN TUCKER: Missing from Tacoma, WA - 20 Jan 1994 - Age 26

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Helen Irene Tucker was last seen in the 1300 block of Puyallup Avenue in downtown Tacoma, Washington on January 20, 1994.

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Missing Person - 1994
Helen Tucker

Tacoma Police detectives need your help to locate a missing woman, feared to be the victim of foul play. Helen Tucker has been missing under suspicious circumstances since January of 1994.

The last known sighting of Helen Tucker occurred on the night of January 20th, 1994, when she was contacted by Tacoma Police officers after being the victim of a crime. Tucker was contacted by the officers in the 1300 block of Puyallup Ave. in the City of Tacoma. Tucker’s family later reported her missing after failing to see or hear from her for an extended period of time; investigators have been unable to locate Tucker or any persons who have had contact with her since January of 1994.

At the time she went missing Helen Irene Tucker was described as a white female, 27 years old, 5’5” tall, 115 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. She was also known to use the name Helen Cook, and had a tattoo of a rose on both of her arms and a tattoo of a gnome on her left arm.

Detectives are looking for any information regarding Helen Tucker’s disappearance and/or her whereabouts.
 

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Vanished: Search for 5 women missing in Tacoma includes possibility of serial predator
By David Rose
Published November 23, 2018

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There are more than 1,800 missing persons statewide and 146 of those are women in Pierce County. Investigators are taking a regional approach to try to solve these cases because serial offenders don’t pay attention to law enforcement jurisdictions.

They are starting in Tacoma where five women and teens went missing between 1994 and 2010. All of them worked as prostitutes in the areas around Puyallup Avenue and in downtown Tacoma.

“I can’t say that we have any evidence linking these five cases together but it’s certainly possible that one or more of these women were victims of some serial offender who may be in prison already or may be in custody for another crime or it could be somebody that we don’t know about yet,” said Det. Lindsey Wade with Tacoma Police.

Detectives do not believe that Green River Killer Gary Ridgeway is responsible for any of these disappearances.

Helen Tucker went missing in 1994. Her case was originally assigned to the Green River Killer Task Force who eliminated Gary Ridgeway as a suspect but that can’t be said for all of them.

“A couple of the others, we can’t rule him out because we know that he was out and active at the time these girls went missing,” said Det. Wade.

There are more than 1,800 missing persons statewide and 146 of those are women in Pierce County.

Investigators are hoping to talk to anyone who knew the women or teens or who they associated with at the time they went missing. They also want to know about any violent encounters they may have had.

“They might not know their names but they knew a nickname or they knew a vehicle description. Even something small can open up an investigation,” said Det. Wade.

Detectives are looking into the backgrounds of the missing women and teens to try to make connections with some of their associates.

“It’s a very small area of the state to have that many similar missing person cases,” said Gordon.

If you have any information that can help solve these cases, call Tacoma Police or the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit at 1-800-543-5678 or email them at MUPU@WSP.WA.GOV
 

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Missing: Helen Tucker's mother refuses to give up hope
By David Rose
Published November 30, 2017

TACOMA -- Helen Tucker was 27-years-old when she went missing in Tacoma on January 20, 1994.

She is one of five women and teens who went missing in the same area between 1994 and 2010 who were working as prostitutes. Tacoma Police are now asking for the public’s help with any information about who Helen associated with.

“Whatever their lifestyle is, their lives matter. They’re someone’s children,” said Freda Gable, Helen’s mom.

When her daughter was little, they lived in Bonney Lake.

“She was such a quiet baby and happy baby. She never cried. She squeaked,” said her mom. Helen went to school in Sumner, an adventurous little girl who loved drums and being a tomboy.

She was a happy child until about age 8 or 9 when she became rebellious. By the time she was in junior high, Helen was uncontrollable.

“Now we look back and think something happened along the line. We don’t know what,” said Freda who suspects her daughter may have been molested by a neighbor but they don’t have any proof.

It wasn’t long before she was on the streets working as prostitute.

“She was last seen on Puyallup Avenue at what was then the BP station at Puyallup and Portland Ave. She actually had contact with law enforcement that evening and reported that she was a victim of an attempted assault by a ‘John’ if you will.

That was her last known contact with anyone,” said Tacoma Det. Lindsey Wade.

Unfortunately, even though Helen had a child she had left with a friend, nobody reported her missing for years.

“There was no initial investigation. She was originally reported missing around 2000 so even though she went missing in 1994, family believed she had been reported but she really wasn’t reported so that put police way behind the 8 ball in trying to figure out and backtrack who she associated with at that time,” said Det. Wade.

She is hoping someone will come forward and provide the details to help solve this mystery.

“We don’t know who this guy was. We don’t know if he was the one who abducted her later,” said Freda. Helen’s case was originally assigned to the Green River Killer Task Force who determined Gary Ridgeway was not a suspect. The case came back to Tacoma Police because that’s where she was last seen.
 

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Missing Person - 1994
Helen Tucker

Tacoma Police detectives need your help to locate a missing woman, feared to be the victim of foul play. Helen Tucker has been missing under suspicious circumstances since January of 1994.

The last known sighting of Helen Tucker occurred on the night of January 20th, 1994, when she was contacted by Tacoma Police officers after being the victim of a crime. Tucker was contacted by the officers in the 1300 block of Puyallup Ave. in the City of Tacoma. Tucker’s family later reported her missing after failing to see or hear from her for an extended period of time; investigators have been unable to locate Tucker or any persons who have had contact with her since January of 1994.

At the time she went missing Helen Irene Tucker was described as a white female, 27 years old, 5’5” tall, 115 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. She was also known to use the name Helen Cook, and had a tattoo of a rose on both of her arms and a tattoo of a gnome on her left arm.

Detectives are looking for any information regarding Helen Tucker’s disappearance and/or her whereabouts.
 

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Missing & Homeless

Helen's Mother contacted us asking to feature her daughter on our page. She says it is possible Helen is living homeless.... Helen had a turbulent childhood, and claims she was abused by both of her foster parents. They applied for a license to be foster parents specifically to take Helen into their home. Without Helen there is no way to substantiate these claims. Helen was stopped 7 times in Aurora, Colorado for driving erratically in the week prior to her disappearance. She was not arrested during any of these stops, and then she simply vanished. Helen found herself involved in drugs, as many abused children do. Helen's son was 3 years old when his mother vanished. He was raised by friends of Helen's who claim that she left behind a letter leaving her son to them. Helen's mother has made several requests to see the letter, but every request has been denied. Helen Tucker was last seen in the downtown Tacoma area, but she could be anywhere. Please, if you have any information, come forward and help Helen's family find peace.
 

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