By Elise Haley aka Crime Shark
Tracy Lew West was 17 years old when she disappeared from Shelton, WA, on October 20, 1988. She was seen traveling south on Fredson Road. On the day of her disappearance she was wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt, and a maroon and yellow jacket.
Tracy was headed to her job at JR’s Restaurant and Lounge. According to an article from The Olympian her manager Debbie Bell described Tracy as “a really good kid.” Tracy was from a close-knit family. Her step father managed a Hoodsport seafood store and her mother worked at Boeing. Tracy was a good student, often going above and beyond, including taking a full course load her senior year when she only needed 2 more credits to graduate. Tracy also helped around the house and watched her 7 year old little sister.
On October 20, 1994, exactly six years after Tracy’s disappearance, a hunter discovered part of a skull near a dead-end logging road near Lake Isabella. Also found nearby was a jacket matching the description of the jacket that Tracy was wearing the day of her disappearance. The skull was thought to be Tracy’s based on a dental comparison, however Tracy hadn’t been to the dentist. DNA was submitted in 2018, but they are still waiting for the results.
If you or anyone you know has any information about Tracy West’s disappearance, please contact the Shelton Police Department at (360) 426-4441.
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