NY TAMMIE ANNE MCCORMICK: Missing from Saratoga Springs, NY - 29 April 1986 - Age 13

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Left: McCormick, circa 1986; Right: Age-Progression to age 38 (circa 2011)

Tammie Anne McCormick
Missing since April 29, 1986 from Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 3, 1972
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 108 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Shoulder length, light brown/blonde hair; hazel eyes.
  • Tattoos: Tammie has a homemade tattoo of "T.A.M." on her upper left arm.
  • Clothing: An over sized, yellow and white striped shirt; black corduroy pants; and beige, high heeled boots. Jean Jacket. She was carrying a shoulder bag.
  • Dentals: Available.
  • DNA: Available.


Circumstances of Disappearance
Tammie McCormick, of 5 Deerleap Place, was last seen was last seen by family members the morning of April 29 before she attempted to catch the bus to the Saratoga Springs Junior High School, where she was a student. She missed the bus, and she never made it to the junior high school. She may have tried to hitchhike. She has not been seen, heard from or spotted by anyone since then.

Police were concerned early on, as she did not leave a note and did not take a change of clothing with her.

Her mother waited until two days later to report her daughter missing to the police because she thought Tammie may have stayed at a friend's. She said Tammie often stayed overnight with her friends, but would call the next morning to say she was OK.
Foul play is suspected.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning McCormick's whereabouts, please contact:
Saratoga Springs Police Department
518-584-1800

You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

Agency Case Number:
GPDS0706

NCMEC #:
NCMC603748

NCIC Number:
M197508885
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
New York State Police
NamUs

Media - TAMMIE ANNE MCCORMICK: Missing from Saratoga Springs, NY since 29 April 1986 - Age 13
 
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Middle school girls often tell each other everything. I would love to hear from one of her friends that she used to spend the night at during the time that she went missing. Maybe they would have a clue as to what might have happened?
Yeah, she told quite a few of her school friends that she was running away to Florida. I think they might even know more about her connection to Arthur Slaybaugh. Police think she was murdered and their priority is recovering her remains:
 
In 2011, investigators decided to reopen the decades old case of Tammie and felt she was no longer alive. Now, investigators believe that Tammie was murdered on the day she disappeared. They have also named a person of interest who is believed to be responsible for what happened to her.


The person according to news reports, is a former corrections officer whom Tammie knew before her disappearance. His name was Arthur Mason Slaybaugh II. He had previously served as a mentor to one of Tammie's friends and she admired him and saw him as a mentor.


Slaybaugh has since passed away. He died of a heart attack in January of 2001. Police indicated he was always a person of interest since the investigation started.


Witnesses who had information came to investigators after Slaybaugh's death. They said they were too scared to reveal the information while he was alive. Based on the accounts, investigators believe that Tammie was heading for his apartment on Brown's Beach near Saratoga Lake that morning.


Investigators have conducted several searches for Tammie's body. They have searched many locations based off of statements given to them by friends of Slaybaugh and a former girlfriend.


The most recent search took place in November of 2017. A field property owned by a relative of Slaybaugh's was searched but no sign of Tammie was found at the scene.

 

Saratoga Springs mom still has no closure in daughter’s 1986 disappearance​

For 36 years, Tammie McCormick’s family has wondered what happened to her. Just 13 years old, the young teenager from Saratoga Springs disappeared in 1986.

For decades, her mom, Nancy Hieber has stayed away from news cameras. Now she’s agreed to talk with NewsChannel 13 about her daughter.

Tammie was the youngest of six children. She was about to turn 14 went she went missing. She would have turned 50 this year.

The family of eight lived in the Geyser Crest neighborhood in Saratoga Springs. They would travel to Florida for spring break and visit Cape Cod to mark the end of summer vacation.

Tammie loved horses, drawing and gardening with her grandmother.

On the morning of April 29, 1986 – a Tuesday – Tammie told her sister Jennifer, she wasn’t taking the bus to school that day, instead she was going to catch a ride to a friend’s house.

Her mom says they know that Tammie got a ride to Saratoga Lake to a friend’s house. That was the last time they saw her.
 
In 2011, investigators decided to reopen the decades old case of Tammie and felt she was no longer alive. Now, investigators believe that Tammie was murdered on the day she disappeared. They have also named a person of interest who is believed to be responsible for what happened to her.


The person according to news reports, is a former corrections officer whom Tammie knew before her disappearance. His name was Arthur Mason Slaybaugh II. He had previously served as a mentor to one of Tammie's friends and she admired him and saw him as a mentor.


Slaybaugh has since passed away. He died of a heart attack in January of 2001. Police indicated he was always a person of interest since the investigation started.


Witnesses who had information came to investigators after Slaybaugh's death. They said they were too scared to reveal the information while he was alive. Based on the accounts, investigators believe that Tammie was heading for his apartment on Brown's Beach near Saratoga Lake that morning.


Investigators have conducted several searches for Tammie's body. They have searched many locations based off of statements given to them by friends of Slaybaugh and a former girlfriend.


The most recent search took place in November of 2017. A field property owned by a relative of Slaybaugh's was searched but no sign of Tammie was found at the scene.

Unfortunately 13 year old girls have secrets from their family that their friends know. And their friends are afraid to tell. They think they know the world and everything in life and make very bad decisions sometimes. This is not against Tammie. I am saying this because I can relate. I was one of those girls. Slaybaugh being a so called mentor was trusted by these girls and IMO used it to his evil intentions. He was someone they SHOULD have been able to trust. I believe he lured her to his residence with the plan of going to Florida and that is where he carried out his evil plan. I wish they could find her body. I am quite sure he had it planned where to dispose of her. Somewhere that wouldn't be connected to him. And being that he's been dead since 2001, There will be no information coming from him. Cases like this really bother me. You know her body is somewhere, But no one knows where. That's when the world gets very big.
 
Article not explicitly about Tammie, but she is mentioned.

There is currently only one other unsolved missing persons case possibly connected to Fulton County. Tammie Anne McCormick, then-13, disappeared while hitchhiking from Saratoga Springs in 1986 and a since-deceased person of interest, Arthur Mason Slaybaugh II, owned a property in Northampton.
 

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