No New Leads in the Case of Tracy Pickett


The Joplin Police Department has been investigating the Missing Person case of Tracy Pickett, missing since August 12, 1992.

Through the course of the investigation, dozens of leads have been followed up on. Earlier this year two ponds northwest of Joplin were scanned with side scan sonar by the department of natural resources as part of the investigation.

For the last three days of this week, the two ponds were drained and hand searched with the assistance of Joplin Public Works Employees and PWC equipment (particularly a new 6 inch water pump and an underwater camera system provided by the Sewer Department). PWC employees worked side by side with our detectives and were a great resource in this task. No evidence in this case was located, but we greatly appreicate their assistance. We continue to investigate, and the full details of the case are below:

August 8, 2016 Press Release: Missing Person Tracy Pickett (Missing Since August 12, 1992)

The Joplin Police Department is requesting public assistance in obtaining information related to the missing persons case of Tracy A. Pickett. Tracy was reported missing August 12, 1992. Over the past 24 years, Investigators have followed dozens of leads. As another anniversary of the disappearance approaches, we strongly encourage anyone in the community who has any information to come forward. Tracy Pickett was 14 when she disappeared. She is a white female with blonde hair and brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 115 pounds.

On August 11, 1992, Tracy Pickett spent the night at a friend’s residence in Webb City, Missouri. The morning of August 12, 1992 another guest offered to take her to her home in Joplin. The subject claimed he dropped Tracy off safely near a pawnshop in Joplin. Tracy has never been heard from again. It is believed Tracy disappeared involuntarily.

Media Inquiries
Contact: Sgt. Trevor Duncan 
417-623-3131 ext 600

Tips/Information on case
Contact: Captain Larry Swinehart
417-623-3131 ext 434

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