JOPLIN, Mo. (KSNF) – Tracy Pickett went missing on August 12, 1992 at the age of 14. Twenty-six years later, the Department of Natural Resources and Joplin Police are now using sonar and ground penetrating radar to search three ponds/mine shafts around Lone Elm and Zora.
Police have had a suspect in the disappearance and possible death of Pickett in the past, but charges have never been filed due to lack of evidence. However, finding her remains could put them on the right track toward an arrest.
On August 11, 1992, Tracy went over to a friend’s house in Webb City to spend the night. However, witnesses say the gathering turned into a party, and that’s when a stranger in a black van offered Pickett a ride to her Joplin home. Pickett was never seen again and police suspect foul play.