Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger! ***(UPDATE: SUSPECT CHARGED)***

Missing Teen Girl, Murder Victim, Cold Case

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Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger!

Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger!

Find missing Tammy Sue Rothganger!
She was last seen getting into a vehicle
With an unidentified male.
Now he has been identified and found.
But where is Tammy?

Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger!

Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger! Tammy Sue Rothganger has been missing since May 16, 1984. She is missing from Eldon, Missouri. Tammy Sue Rothganger is classified as an endangered missing person. Her year of birth is 1968. At the time of her disappearance, Tammy was 15 years old. Her current age is 49 years old. Tammy Sue Rothganger is a Caucasian female. Her hair is described as sandy blonde to brown. Her eyes are brown. Tammy has a tattoo of the letter “R” on her left arm. She also has a scar on her left arm. She has several moles on her cheeks and chin. When she was last seen, Tammy was wearing a sweatshirt, Nike shoes, a chain necklace with an arrowhead pendant and a leather wristband.

Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger!

Tammy Sue Rothganger was last seen at Eldon High School. She was last seen at approximately 7:45 A.M. on May 16, 1984. The school is just across the street from her home in Eldon, Missouri.

Her mother’s live-in boyfriend is named Martin Dean “Marty” Priest. He said Tammy didn’t go inside the building. And he pulled up on the curb to find out where she was going. Tammy supposedly told him she was going to skip school. And she would meet friends at Rock Island Park, and Priest said he offered to take her there.

Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger!

Tammy Sue Rothganger was last seen getting into a blue Plymouth outside the school. Tammy never attended classes that day and has never been heard from again. Her family reported her missing that afternoon.

In 1980, four years before Tammy Sue Rothganger disappeared, Priest had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl. This is a mother he’d been dating. He was released after three years when the verdict was overturned on appeal.

After Tammy Sue Rothganger’s disappearance, Priest was implicated in Christmas 1984. He was charged in a double homicide in Kansas. The victims were William Mayhugh and Freida Bayliff. Priest was acquitted in Bayliff’s death but convicted of Mayhugh’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In 1987, while he was in custody, Priest was charged with murder and aggravated robbery. These were in connection with the shooting death of 15-year-old girl, Katrina Cheely, in 1984. Her body wasn’t found for four months. A jury acquitted Priest at his trial in that case.

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Suspect in Tammy’s Case

In January 2016, while still incarcerated in Kansas, Priest was charged with Tammy’s murder. Authorities believe he knocked her unconscious with a wrench, raped her and strangled her in the backseat of his car.

They stated there had been a third person, a juvenile male, in the car. This person witnessed the murder and only recently came forward and told the police what he saw. He said he helped Priest bury Tammy’s body in an unknown location. This witness has not been publicly identified. Priest is awaiting trial.

Foul play is suspected in Tammy’s disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

Find Missing Tammy Sue Rothganger!

Tammy Sue Rothganger has been missing for 34 years. Her is what is commonly called a “no-body” homicide case. Tammy is not a simple missing person, though she has never been located. She is considered a murder victim, even without a body. This is because witnesses were available and told what they saw. In so many missing persons cases, there is nothing to charge or prosecute because there are no witnesses or crime scene. Tammy’s story proves that not all teens are runaways, including those who get into vehicles with unidentified or unknown persons. Her family have partial justice. But where is Tammy Sue Rothganger? Do you have any information as to her whereabouts? Do you have any information about Martin Dean Priest?

Have any information? You can contact the Eldon Police Department at: (573) 392-5611. Missouri State Highway Patrol Toll-Free Telephone Line at: (800) 877-3452. The Missing Persons Unit provides a toll-free hotline for parents, law enforcement agencies or others to provide information about missing and unidentified persons. You may email: You may contact the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678.

UPDATE: The suspect in Tammy Sue Rothganger’s cases has been charged. Click here and learn more.
Tammy Sue Rothganger has a NamUs profile. Click here to view it.
Tammy Sue Rothganger has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. Click here to view it.
This article is about the suspect, the once unidentified male responsible for Tammy Sue Rothganger’s disappearance. Click here and learn more.
The above information is found on Tammy Sue Rothganger’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.
The above image is courtesy of Missouri Missing.

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