Crime

New lead in Teekah Lewis disappearance has police hoping you saw a man with pockmarks

It’s been two decades since Teekah Lewis went missing from a Tacoma bowling alley, but police have a new lead in the case.

On Thursday, cold case detectives asked if the public might remember a specific man who was at the New Frontier Bowling Alley when 2-year-old Teekah disappeared Jan. 23, 1999.

He’s described as white, 30 to 40 years old, with curly brown hair, a mustache and pockmarks on his face.

“There was a person with a unique feature - pockmarks - described as being near Teekah or following Teekah around the time she disappeared,” said Tacoma cold case detective Steve Reopelle.

Reopelle was reviewing the case when he came across the description and realized the man had never been identified.

“We’re exhausting all possible leads.”

Teekah was 2 1/2 when her family went bowling and the little girl went missing. Police believe she was kidnapped.

Her mother, Theresa Lewis, believes her daughter is still alive and holds a candlelight vigil every year to ensure Teekah isn’t forgotten.

One will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at 4602 S. Center St. The public is invited.

“You had my heart the minute I pushed you out. Now my heart is losing a piece of it since you been gone,” her mother wrote on a “Help Find Teekah Lewis” Facebook page. “I will never give up hope in finding you. Teekah, I miss you so much this hurts.”

The case was featured in People magazine in 2017 and has been featured on several true crime television shows.

Over the years, detectives have followed up on more than 700 tips in Teekah’s disappearance.

Cadaver dogs have been used to search the homes of sex offenders and a small area in Point Defiance Park was dug up in 2010 after a man reported having a vision of where the girl was buried.

Teekah had a quarter-sized birthmark on her buttocks and had skin discoloration on her face as a child due to eczema. She also had asthma.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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