Tammy Lynn Leppert

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Tammy Lynn Leppert
Tammy Leppert.jpg
Born Tammy Lynn Leppert
(1965-02-05)February 5, 1965
Rockledge, Florida
Disappeared July 6, 1983 (aged 18)
Status Missing for 33 years, 8 months and 20 days
Occupation Former child/teen actress and model
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 105 lb (48 kg)

Tammy Lynn Leppert (born February 5, 1965) is an American former child and teen model, actress and beauty queen who has been missing since July 6, 1983, vanishing at the age of 18.

Career[edit]

Leppert was employed primarily as a model.[1] As a child she competed in nearly 300 beauty pageants and won the vast majority of them. Just prior to her vanishing, she appeared in the 1983 film Scarface as the girl who was a distraction at the lookout car, during the bloody chainsaw shower scene. Prior to that, among other minor roles, she had been in the teen movie Spring Break of the same year, where she had a role as a participant in a boxing match. Reportedly, her legs, hips and torso were used in the main poster for the movie. It is claimed she had plans to go to Hollywood in 1983.[2]

Disappearance[edit]

Leppert was last seen in Cocoa Beach, Florida on July 6, 1983. She was reported to have worn a blue shirt decorated with flowers, along with a skirt of the same color, made from denim, a gray purse and sandals.[3][4] Some agencies have stated she had left without shoes or money.[5] A friend of hers told authorities he had an argument with Leppert while transporting her by vehicle from her home in Rockledge, Florida and later "left her [...] in a parking lot."[3] Although he was the last person believed to have seen her, he is not considered a suspect, although her mother has said that Leppert expressed to her that she was "afraid" of him.[1]

Physical information[edit]

Leppert was known to have been between five feet four and five feet five inches tall and weighed between 105 and 115 pounds at the time she vanished. She had curly blond hair and hazel colored eyes.[1][4][5] It is also speculated that she may have been three months pregnant.[5]

Investigation[edit]

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Age progression of Leppert to age 48

Some presume that Leppert may have been a murder victim of serial killer Christopher Wilder, who killed many young women until his death in 1984. Leppert's family sued Wilder before he was killed by police, although they eventually decided to halt the process, as some had their doubts if he was involved in her disappearance. Leppert's agent also stated that she did not believe Wilder killed Tammy.

Another person of interest in the case was John Crutchley, a convicted kidnapper and rapist. He is suspected of killing as many as 30 women. He committed suicide in prison in 2002.[1]

Leppert's mother theorized that her daughter could have been murdered due to her knowledge of drug trafficking that was occurring locally. She reported that Leppert exhibited signs of paranoia, as she was cautious when consuming food and would not drink from open containers. She had also allegedly filed a report to police.[1]

Several age progressions have been created to show what she may have later looked like, if she was still alive, by forensic artists Danny Sollitti, Diana Trepkov and those from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the latter created in 2013.[3][5] Profiles detailing the case have been created by the Doe Network, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in hopes to generate leads from potential tips.[3][4][5] Her DNA profile has since been processed, once this form of forensic technology became possible, although her dental records and fingerprints have not been accessed by local police.[3] It is believed that her dental information had been acquired at some point, yet poor record keeping resulted in the data being lost.[1]

Exclusions[edit]

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, the following unidentified decedents have been ruled out as being the remains of Tammy Leppert.

Name Location Date Age estimation Cause of death Circumstances
Harris County Jane Doe Hockley, Texas April 30, 1984 25 - 35 Not stated A decomposed white female found buried in a shallow grave. It is believed she died about six months before she was found.[6]
Alleghany County Jane Doe (1985) Alleghany County, Virginia November 18, 1985 20 - 49 Not stated A partial skeleton of a white female discovered by a hunter. The subject had been estimated to have died eight months before.[7]
Slidell Jane Doe Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana June 19, 1986 20 - 30 Homicide A pregnant female disposed of in Lake Pontchartrain.[8] A weight had been tied to her body as an attempt to hide the body.[9]
Chesterfield County Jane Doe Chesterfield County, Virginia August 7, 1986 20 - 35 Probable homicide A severed torso and leg believed to have belonged to a white female found inside of a dumpster. The victim wore a rubber bracelet on her ankle. She had died within two months to a few days of discovery and there was evidence that she may have been kept in a freezer or a similar device to preserve the remains.[10][11]
Pinal County Jane Doe Pinal County, Arizona January 7, 1987 21 - 35 Not stated A decomposed body of a white female found in a desert area. She had died months before.[12]
Knox County Jane Doe Knoxville, Tennessee June 1, 1987 21 - 30 Self-defense A white woman killed in the process of an attempted robbery. She was intoxicated at the time of her death.[13][14]
Anaheim Jane Doe Anaheim, California August 30, 1987 15 - 19 Homicide A skeletonized body of a white female believed to be a teenage runaway. She had died about six weeks before her discovery.[15]
Stafford County Jane Doe Stafford County, Virginia February 3, 1991 30 - 45 Undetermined A female of an unknown race with Hispanic characteristics found skeletonized in a wooded area. She had died between the years of 1989 and 1991, most likely within nine months.[16] She was previously speculated to have been of African descent and at a younger age, between thirteen and eighteen.[17]
Fairfax County Jane Doe Centerville, Virginia December 6, 1993 26 - 39 Homicide A white woman with Hispanic characteristics found by construction workers in 1993. She had decayed teeth and had died between the years of 1987 and 1992.[18][19]
Harris County Jane Doe Channelview, Texas October 28, 1994 20 - 40 Undetermined The partial skeleton of a white female believed to have died between two and seven years before her discovery in a wooded area.[20][21]
Waller County Jane Doe Waller County, Texas March 10, 1997 20 - 35 Not stated A skeleton of a white female with Hispanic characteristics found underneath brush on a private property. She had died between the years of 1990 and 1996.[22]
Stafford County Jane Doe Stafford, Virginia November 7, 1998 28 - 45 Not stated A partial skeleton of a white female wearing her hair in braids found under leaves near a cemetery.[23] She had died within eight months preceding the discovery of her remains.[24]
Newport News Jane Doe Newport News, Virginia June 6, 2014 25 - 45 Not stated A female of an unknown race with Hispanic characteristics was discovered mummified underneath a sheet.[25]

Filmography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tammy Lynn Leppert: Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "NamUs MP # 1376". findthemissing.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Tammy Leppert". missingkids.org. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Case File 211DFFL". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "NamUs UP # 4527". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "NamUs UP # 6796". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Case File 16UFLA". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "NamUs UP # 852". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "NamUs UP # 6642". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Case File: 900UFVA". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "NamUs UP # 7193" (18 May 2010). identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "NamUs UP # 1567". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Case File: 607UFTN". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "NamUs UP # 7660". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "NamUs UP # 6661". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Case File 760UFVA". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Case File 120UFVA". The Doe Network. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ "NamUs UP # 8493". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "NamUs UP # 1390". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "Hot Case 1053". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "NamUs UP # 6088". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. October 23, 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "NamUs UP # 6150". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Case File 713UFVA". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "NamUs UP # 12683". identifyus.org. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 

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