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IL DIAMOND BRADLEY & TIONDA BRADLEY: Missing from Chicago, IL - 6 July 2001 - Age 3 & 10

Discussion in 'Missing 2000 to 2009' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Diamond and Tionda Bradley have been missing from Chicago, Illinois since 2001.

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    Diamond Bradley, 3, and her older sister Tionda, 10, were last seen at their home in Chicago, Illinois on July 6, 2001. When their mother returned from work around 11:00 am, she found a note apparently written by Tionda that the girls had planned to walk to a nearby school and store. Several neighborhood children said that they saw the girls playing outside around noon that day. But neither child was seen or heard from again, and extensive searches of the area produced no signs of them.

    NCMEC - http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/915589/1

    NamUs - https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/2394/1/

    Charley Project - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bradley_tionda.html

    A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information regarding the current whereabouts of Diamond and her 10-year-old sister Tionda Bradley.

  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    14 Years After Their Disappearance, Family Of Tionda, Diamond Bradley Continues To Hold Vigils
    July 6, 2015

    It has been 14 years since the disappearance of the two Bradley sisters – and today their great aunt is talking about why the family is still holding prayer vigils on the anniversary, year after year.

    She says if adults haven’t come forward in these 14 years, then young adults – contemporaries of Diamond and Tionda – might step up.

    The family has memorials every year, hoping this will be the year some young adult remembers something.

    “The reason for continuously doing this each year is because a lot of those same kids who were Tionda’s age then – they’re now grown people…



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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Bradley sisters who 'vanished into thin air' still missing 15 years later

    It has been 15 years since Tionda and Diamond Bradley disappeared from their South Side home.

    Fifteen years of interviews, forensic lab work and hunting down leads that went nowhere.

    Fifteen years since a poster offering a $10,000 reward was posted at the Wentworth District police station, the now yellowed paper furling on the edges with photos of the two smiling girls faded from the sun.

    Tionda would be 25 this year and Diamond 18.

    Despite the years, the girls' relatives still think about them every day. And a private investigator, who has been working closely with the family and a retired police detective, who has continued to investigate the case, said they have no plans to give up trying to solve one of Chicago's enduring mysteries.

    Carroll said the most important evidence gathered in the investigation were hairs found in the trunk of a van that Tracey Bradley said belonged to the man she identified as Diamond's father. A month before the girls' disappearance, Tracey Bradley had filed a paternity suit against the man, but the case was later dismissed. Tests showed the hairs could have belonged to either the girls, or their mother, but the evidence didn't propel the case further.

    Chicago police say they are still investigating the disappearance.

    "Current CPD detectives are actively looking into the case," said Frank Giancamilli, a police spokesman.

    Fifteen years on the job, P. Foster, the private investigator who prefers to be identified by only the initial of his first name, still vows that every tip that still comes in will be checked out. Foster said he and Carroll sometimes work together but also go solo.

    "It's fallen on our backs, and we're not going to give up on it," he said. "And I even told Ed, if it takes my children's children to find these girls, then that's what it's going to be."


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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Private eye who worked on disappearance of Bradley sisters dies of cancer

    When Shelia Bradley-Smith first met James Miller, her first thought was that he looked like he was from the movie Men in Black. She did not trust him at all.

    “He would call weekly and say, ‘Hi, it’s Jim, how are you doing?’” said Bradley-Smith, the great aunt of Tionda and Diamond Bradley, ages 10 and 3, who vanished from their South Side home in 2001. “I was like, ‘What does this man want?’ He was working the investigation and we’ve been family since then.”

    Miller, 58, who worked for years as a private investigator on the Bradley case, died of brain cancer Thursday. Bradley-Smith called his death “devastating.”

    He never found the missing girls.

    “It’s a shame that he passed away and he didn’t get that wish fulfilled,” Bradley-Smith said. “He became involved, he cared. I could truly say he loved those girls, he really did.”

    When he heard about the Bradley sisters, Miller immediately went to the scene. He ended up working on their case for the rest of his life, pro bono. He kept photos of them handy and images of what they likely looked like as they aged.

    “He couldn’t take it,” Hamilton said. “It just made him crazy and he had to find them and look for them ... This is just who he was, and he got very close to the family and spent countless hours and resources looking for them.”

    He never stopped talking about the case and inspired people to keep looking for them. One of those people was Bradley-Smith.

    “Jim was totally consistent,” Bradley-Smith said. “He never faltered. Even when I felt like giving up, he would call and say, ‘You can’t quit because I can’t quit,’ so I wouldn’t quit.”

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Memory Of Missing Bradley Sisters Lives On, 16 Years Later

    It has been 16 years since the two young Bradley sisters disappeared from their South Side home, and the family has gathered in Chicago once again to keep their memory alive.

    Diamond would turn 20 later this year. Tionda would be 26 now.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Tionda And Diamond Bradley: Latest ‘Age Progression’ Images

    The latest “age progression” sketches of the two Bradley sisters — missing from their South Side apartment for more than 16 years now – have been released.

    Tionda Bradley would be 26 now. Diamond would be 19.

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is releasing the images. The last age-progression sketches came out about four years ago.

    “We’re going to find Tionda and Diamond – even as adults. We’re still going to be looking,” the relative says.


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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Families gather for Cook County Missing Persons Day: ‘I try to honor her memory’

    The national database shows more than 300 missing people in Illinois. Their ages range from very young when they disappeared — like 3-year-old Diamond Bradley who disappeared with her 10-year-old sister Tionda in 2001 — to 76-year-old Frank Stonemark, who was last seen Oct. 30, 2017.

    Tionda and Diamond’s aunt, Faith Bradley-Cathery, said she came to the event to “help people remember” her nieces, and saw the day as an opportunity for all in similar situations to update the public.

    The county’s chief medical examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar said the purpose of the day was to help identify as many missing people as possible, and to bring important agencies and support groups together in one place for families who are seeking answers.

  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    17 Years Later, Still No Trace Of Tionda And Diamond Bradley

    Even after 17 years, the Bradley family has not given up hope of finding Diamond and Tionda, two sisters who vanished without a trace in 2001.

    Their mother found a note on their back porch, saying the girls were going to school and a nearby store.

    Police launched one of the biggest manhunts in Chicago history after the girls disappeared, searching open fields, railroad cars, and 5,000 abandoned buildings. It mostly turned up nothing.

    In 2008, a private detective concluded that a mysterious Internet picture that appeared on a MySpace profile was, in fact, Tionda Bradley; but that conclusion later proved incorrect.

    Their mother has long since moved away from the Bronzeville neighborhood where the girls were last seen, and has changed her phone number.

    The sisters’ great aunt, Shelia Bradley-Smith, said several years ago that she got in touch with the family that now has that phone number to let them know about the girls, just in case Tionda ever dialed the number that used to be hers.

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    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Families form Cold Case Squad to help others find their missing Chicago area loved ones: ‘You can’t just let murderers go.’

    Photographs of smiling faces are propped up against the wall or displayed in frames atop long tables. Beside them are memory boxes and handwritten notes penned by family members.

    “I miss you,” some read.

    A new group called the Community Cold Case Squad set up the display last month in a meeting room at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook. The faces in the photographs belong to more than a dozen people who have disappeared from the Chicago area without a trace, some for many years.

    Their families still actively search for them, though most families presume they will not find them alive. They banded together to form the cold case group earlier this year as a way to support and learn from one another, something they had done informally for years.

    Besides serving as a place where they can find others who understand their pain, the group allows members to talk about what they’ve done to find their “missing,” as they call them, from filing Freedom of Information Act requests for police reports, to organizing searches using dogs or even drones. They also bring in experts in these search tactics to their monthly meetings.

    “People come and tell their stories,” said Shelia Bradley-Smith whose great-nieces, Tionda and Diamond Bradley — then 10 and 3 — went missing in July 2001 from their South Side apartment. “It’s a network that could bring different ideas to the table that I didn’t think about. There’s always something you walk away with.”

    While the members have been in touch for years through social media, “we needed to get in-person support,” added Bradley-Smith, a Chicago native who now lives in Minnesota and travels to meetings or attends via Skype.

    The group has also pledged to draw attention to another side of missing persons cases: unidentified remains. Through their so-called “adopt a Doe” program, group members choose a John or Jane Doe from the area whom coroners cannot identify and try to spread awareness of the case.

  13. Summer_breeze

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    Texas Woman Claims To Be Missing Bradley Sister

    Published May 24, 2019 at 2:23 PM | Updated at 6:35 PM CDT on May 24, 2019

    The family of two Chicago sisters who went missing nearly 18 years ago is reeling after they say a woman reached out on social media, claiming to be one of the girls.

    “My gut, my heart and my head – they’re all three independently feeling all kinds of things,” said great-aunt Shelia Bradley-Smith.

    Bradley-Smith has been searching relentlessly for Diamond a
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  14. Summer_breeze

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    Heartbreaking hoax: Woman claiming to be missing Bradley sister lied to family

    POSTED 10:40 PM, MAY 24, 2019, BY TOM NEGOVAN, UPDATED AT 07:46AM, MAY 25, 2019

    CHICAGO — Friday a new possible lead in the search for two girls who went missing from Chicago’s South Side 18 years ago was determined to be a hoax.

    Shelia Bradley-Smith, the great-aunt of Tionda and Diamond Bradley said she's been contacted by a woman who claims to be Tionda.

    The woman lives in Beaumont, Texas and reached out to Bradley-Smith on Facebook.

    But that woman turned out to be a fraud. It was all a gut-wrenching development for a family that’s been through a tortuous ordeal that began back in 2001.
  15. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    I cannot believe the audacity of some people!
  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search Continues For Bradley Sisters Who Have Been Missing 18 Years Today

    It’s been 18 years since sisters Tionda and Diamond Bradley went missing.

    Both vanished without a trace in 2001.

    The two girls were 10 and 3 years old when they disappeared from their apartment near 35th and Cottage Grove, while their mother was at work.

    Police launched one of the biggest manhunts in Chicago history, mostly turning up nothing.


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  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Texas Woman Claims To Be Missing Bradley Sister

    The family of two Chicago sisters who went missing nearly 18 years ago is reeling after they say a woman reached out on social media, claiming to be one of the girls.

    “My gut, my heart and my head – they’re all three independently feeling all kinds of things,” said great-aunt Shelia Bradley-Smith.

    Bradley-Smith has been searching relentlessly for Diamond and Tionda Bradley, who were 3 and 10 years old when they went missing from their South Side apartment complex in 2001.

    About three weeks ago, Bradley-Smith said she posted a random thought on the Missing Diamond and Tionda Bradley Facebook page, pleading for the girls to come home. Bradley-Smith said a woman responded: “we’re trying.”

    Through a series of messages, Bradley-Smith said the woman, who lives in Texas, said she is Tionda Bradley.

    “She went on to say she was Tionda, that she and Diamond have been together this entire time, that they both have kids and Diamond is in college,” Bradley-Smith said.

    Bradley-Smith said the woman is doubling-down and willing to take a DNA test to prove she is Tionda. When reached through Facebook, the woman told NBC 5 News that she was not going to make any comments until she s her lawyer.

    The family said an FBI agent from the Beaumont, TX Field Office confirmed they are actively trying to locate the woman. A spokesperson for the FBI Houston Office said it continues to pursue and review all leads on the case but could not provide additional information.

    “In my heart, I hope it’s her,” said Bradley-Smith. “If it’s not her, don’t lie. We’ve suffered enough. We don’t need to suffer anymore.”

  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Whoa! I sure hope this doesn't turn out to be a hoax!
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