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IL TRICIA KELLETT: Missing from Chicago, IL - 7 May 1982 - Age 8 - stranger abduction

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Tricia went outside to play, biding time until her father arrived to pick up Tricia and her brother for the weekend. When her father showed up, Tricia couldn't be found. Her family started looking for her about 16.00.
    Tricia was spotted speaking to an unidentified man shortly before her disappearance. Witnesses said they saw a man pull the girl into a blue four-door 1979 Dodge with a damaged right front door and a license plate starting with the letters Q and R. She has never been seen again.

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    NamUs MP # 2663
    Tricia Kellett
    Cook County, Illinois
    8 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 2663

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Tricia
    Middle name J.
    Last name Kellett
    NCMEC number 601784
    Date last seen May 07, 1982 00:00
    Date entered 08/04/2009
    Age last seen 8 to 8 years old
    Age now Unknown DOB
    Race White
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 48.0
    Weight (pounds) 70.0

    City Chicago
    State Illinois
    Zip code
    County Cook
    Tricia was last seen playing in the street near her home.

    Hair color Blond/Strawberry

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue
    Eye description

    No known distinctive body features

    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Chicago Police Department
    Address 1 3900 South California
    Address 2
    City Chicago
    State Illinois
    Zip code 60632

    Long-sleeve sweater, blue jeans
    brown lace-up shoes

    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Detective
    First name
    Last name Skweres
    Phone (312) 747-5789
    Case number M01A8094
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    The Doe Network:
    Case File 272DFIL

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    Left and center: Kellett, circa 1982; Right: Age-progressed image of Kellett at age 36 (circa 2009)

    Tricia J. Kellett
    Missing since May 7, 1982 from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics
      • Date Of Birth: May 31, 1973
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 8 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0; 70 pounds
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
      • Clothing: Long-sleeve sweater, blue jeans and brown lace-up shoes
      • Dentals: Kellett has a space between her upper front teeth.
      • DNA: Available in CODIS.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Tricia went outside to play, biding time until her father, who was divorced from Tricia's mother, arrived to pick up Tricia and her brother for the weekend. But when her father showed up, Tricia couldn't be found. Her family started looking for her about 16.00.

    She was spotted speaking to an unidentified man shortly before her disappearance. Witnesses said they saw a man pull the girl into a blue four-door 1979 Dodge with a damaged right front door and a license plate starting with the letters Q and R.
    She has never been seen again.

    If you have any information concerning Kellett's whereabouts, please contact:
    Chicago Police Department
    Det. Connie Perusich

    You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

    Agency CAse Number: M01A8094

    NCMEC #: NCMC601784

    NCIC Number: M514153624
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs MP #2663
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    Pain lingers for families of missing kids
    July 29, 2001|By Kim Barker, Tribune staff reporter.

    Much of what Tricia Kellett left behind is stored in a blue plastic bag. A pink Easter dress with white beads and frills, faded crepe paper pompoms, the black purse emblazoned with roosters that she carried everywhere. A note in a child's scrawl: "Mom I love you Mom I love you To Mom I love you Mom."

    On May 7, 1982, three weeks before her 9th birthday, Tricia Kellett walked outside of her Uptown apartment after school. She said she was going to play. She never came back.

    "I try to keep it out of my mind," said her mother, Dorothy Jo Barnett, who talks of Tricia in the present tense. "I just hope one day, she shows up. I wouldn't care if she had 20 kids. Just show up. Oh, God, it's been very horrible. You don't know where your child is sleeping. You don't know whether your child is dead."

    Tricia, who would now be 28, is one of five children in Chicago who have disappeared without a trace since 1980, and who have been gone so long that their cases are inactive, police say. She is one of 3,244 people state police currently consider missing in Illinois.

    It's been a summer filled with news of those who are suddenly gone.

    Sisters Tionda Bradley, 10, and Diamond, 3, vanished July 6 from their South Side apartment. Chandra Levy, 24, a Washington, D.C., intern allegedly having an affair with a U.S. congressman, was last seen April 30. Christina Sandmeyer, 22, a Stanford University student from Evanston, failed to return from a July 13 bike ride in northern California. And Lockport police are searching for David Bucholz, 19, who left his job as an assistant manager of a Dairy Queen on July 15 and hasn't been seen since.

    Most people reported missing turn up fine. Children run away from home; adults run away from bad situations they don't want to face.

    But a few, like Tricia Kellett, become mysteries. Their families cannot mourn. They cannot heal. They wonder, they hide pictures, they convince themselves of unlikely possibilities. They shove their pain away, then take it out on holidays, on birthdays, on disappearance days.

    They remember now, because they can't help it, because everywhere they turn, they hear about Levy or the Bradley girls.

    "They absolutely empathize, these other families of missing children and adults," said Kym Pasqualini, the founder and director of the Center for Missing Adults, based in Phoenix.

    "But it's also, `Oh my God, we are so frustrated, because why hasn't our missing child or son gotten the attention, even appeared on the front page of our local newspaper?'"

    `Genuine mysteries'

    Before Tionda and Diamond Bradley disappeared, police considered only five children in Chicago as truly missing in the last 21 years. Others have been reported missing, but they are thought to be with noncustodial parents, or they have been found, dead or alive.

    At the time they vanished, these five were barely news blips--three got brief mentions in newspaper stories, perhaps two showed up in TV stories that came years after the fact.

    On Jan. 8, 1980, Kelly Staples left her South Shore home for school, in a red plaid coat, jeans and rubber boots. She was 6.

    On Feb. 27, 1980, Sheila Quinn wandered off from her 9th-floor apartment in the Ickes Homes. She was 4, dressed in a white T-shirt, white underpants, white socks and no shoes.

    Tricia Kellett vanished two years later. Some witnesses said she got into a blue car.

    On June 25, 1983, Vinyette Teague disappeared from the hallway outside her apartment in the Robert Taylor Homes. She was only 18 months old.

    And on June 28, 1989, Valina McGhee, 13, never came back to the South Side home she shared with her mother. Her name and a few sketchy details linger in the Chicago Police Department's files. But her disappearance never made it to the news. She never made it into the state database of missing children, never landed in the log of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children--an oversight that police can't explain.

    Back then, the police and the public had just started changing their attitudes toward such cases, in large part due to efforts by John Walsh, whose son was kidnapped from a Florida shopping mall and murdered in 1981. His work launched the national clearinghouse for information on missing children.

    Chicago police spokesman Pat Camden said last week that police don't have any leads on what happened to the five missing local children.

    "They're genuine mysteries," he said. "They were reported missing. All the investigation was done. ... Nothing led to anything."

    May 7, 1982

    Tricia Kellett didn't watch TV. She couldn't sit still for 15 minutes to eat a meal. She liked to wear dresses, and she liked to wear clogs, traipsing about so loudly that her family could hear her coming from a block away. She jumped rope. She played cheerleader.

    Tricia knew everyone in the neighborhood, even served meals at a local church that became her second family.
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    Tricia Kellett -Chicago, Illinois May 7, 1982, went to play with friends in the street. She was seen speaking to an unidentified male shortly before her disappearance. Witnesses told investigators that they saw the man pull Tricia into a blue four-door 1979 Dodge or Pontiac car. The vehicle was described as having a damaged front passenger door and a license plate beginning with the letters "Q" and "R." Tricia has never been heard from again and the vehicle remains unidentified.
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    Missing for 35 years - Tricia Kellett
    Tricia Kellett
    May 7, 1982
    Chicago IL


    Tricia was last seen playing in the street near her home.

    If you have any information regarding Tricia's case, please contact:
    Chicago Police Department

    NamUs MP#2663

    The Doe Network
    Case#: 272DFIL

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    Tricia J. Kellett

    Birth: May 31, 1973
    Cook County
    Illinois, USA
    Death: May 7, 1982
    Cook County
    Illinois, USA
    May 7 1982
    While waiting for her father to pick her and her brother up at their mother's house, Tricia decided to play outside.
    When her father showed up, Tricia was nowhere to be found.
    At about 4pm, the family began a search for the young girl.
    Witnesses spotted Tricia speaking to an unidentified male, who pulled the girl into a blue four-door 1979 Dodge or Pontiac with a damaged right front door and a license plate starting with the letters Q and R.
    She has never been seen again.

    This page is set up for little Tricia even tho she has never been found. But after 32 years if she was still alive she would have been found I am sure.
    Little Tricia needs to be remembered.

    Body lost or destroyed
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    North American Missing Persons Network
    Tricia J. Kellett

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    Above Images: Right: age-progressed to 36 years

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    • Missing Since: May 7, 1982 from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
    • Classification: Non Family Abduction
    • Date Of Birth: May 31, 1973
    • Age: 8
    • Height: 4'0" (122 cm)
    • Weight: 70 lbs (32 kg)
    • Hair Color: Blonde
    • Eye Color: Blue
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: She has a space between
      her front teeth.
    • Clothing: Long-sleeve sweater, blue jeans, brown lace-up shoes.
    • Case Number: M01A8094

      Details of Disappearance
    Tricia was last seen playing in the street near her home.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chicago Police Department

    Source Information
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    1264 W. Leland, Chicago, Illinois


    1264 W Leland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

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    Troubling Clues in Case of Unsolved 1982 Chicago Kidnapping

    Jill Kellett Smolios has always had one piece missing from her family’s story: the big sister who vanished without a trace.

    “I just have pictures and stories,” she says. “And unfortunately, if those pictures and stories weren’t around, I wouldn’t really know who she was.”

    On May 7, 1982, Jill’s half-sister Tricia Kellett was 8 years old, when she went outside after school in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and never came home. No trace. No clues.

    No resolution to a mystery which has now spanned 35 years.

    Now, NBC 5 Investigates has obtained the police reports from the troubling case, and they reveal facts which the family says they never knew: there was a suspect; he talked openly about Tricia, and at one point, even offered that “maybe” he was her killer.

    That man was Marvin Pontarelli. The CPD reports indicate investigators first focused on him, after getting a description of the car Tricia got into the day she vanished.

    “The auto is registered to Pontarelli, Marvin,” investigators wrote the day after Tricia’s disappearance. “Reporting officer checked this name and learned that this man has an extensive background including kidnapping, sexual assault, and rape.”

    That officer said he obtained a photo of Pontarelli and showed it around the neighborhood. Many recognized him, including some who recalled seeing Pontarelli entering the nearby Malden Arms hotel with Tricia the day she was reported missing.

    The very next day, Pontarelli was at what was then Area 6 headquarters at Belmont and Western.

    “Marvin Pontarelli came into Area 6 Youth for questioning and agreed to take a polygraph test,” an officer wrote. “The test was administered with a finding of non-cooperative/guilty.”

    On May 10, three days after Tricia vanished, witnesses were brought into the old Area 6 police headquarters to view a line-up.

    “Wit#7 positively identified Pontarelli as the person he observed with the missing child,” an officer wrote. “Wit#3 positively identified Pontarelli as the person she observed in the company of the missing child. They then left in a car blue color.”

    The officer added, “Wit#1 positively identified Pontarelli as the person he observed with the missing child.”

    Six months later, without explanation, a separate report says those charges were dismissed. But police weren’t done with Pontarelli. Nearly two years after Tricia’s disappearance, a new lead involving a new name came in, from a new place---Tucson, Arizona.

    “As recorded in prior reports, Pontarelli was overheard to want a young blonde white girl to be photographed with Larry Fassler while having sex with him for the purpose of blackmail,” police from Arizona said.

    That information is included in a heavily redacted report. But a police source confirmed that Fassler is the name mentioned underneath many of those redactions.

    Fassler, who is now deceased, reportedly was a former inmate Pontarelli met during a previous stay in a California prison. And he reportedly was someone who Pontarelli owed a lot of money.

    Investigators further stated in the Chicago police report that a search of Fassler’s address book showed an entry for Tricia, with her Chicago address.

    “Right under her name, the name of Marvin Pontarelli was listed,” the officers wrote. “The entry in the book was dated October of 1982.”

    “Immediately after his arrest, Pontarelli was questioned as to the disappearance,” they wrote. “He began to cry and state, in summary, that he believed she is dead and barried (sic) on some property in Illinois that his family owns.”

    “When questioned further he said, in summary, that he believes one Larry Fassler was responsible for the death,” they continued in that document. “Pontarelli then refused to continue with the interview.”

    The report further states that the Chicago officer believed “the Kellett child’s body lies in the foundation of Pontarelli Apartments; the cement was being poured at the time of her disappearance.”

    Tricia’s sister says today, she never knew there was a suspect.

    Through the reports, there are no references to Tricia’s family ever being advised of a suspect. Speaking now, Jill Kellett Smolios says her father died in 2009 having never known what happened to his daughter.

    “However,” the statement continued, “in hope to provide her family members some level of closure, CPD detectives will review the case to potentially generate and explore new leads. We urge anyone who may have information on Ms. Kellett's disappearance to contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8261 or to contact us anonymously, visit www.CPDTip.com.”

    Jill says she hopes the Arizona report causes CPD to fully re-open her sister’s case. Maybe they can find that building. And if they do, maybe, just maybe, they’ll find Tricia.

    “At least we’ll have answers and we’ll know something and not always be worried, is she still alive, is she dead,” she says. “She can be put to rest, that her name hasn’t just gone under the radar, under a rug for the last 35 years.”

    MORE: https://www.nbcchicago.com/investig...solved-1982-Chicago-Kidnapping-473267333.html
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