The Disappearance of Tammy Mahoney

Written by Elise Haley

Tammy Mahoney was a 19 year old girl from Long Island, New York.  When Tammy disappeared on May 8, 1981, she was living in Oneida, New York.  Tammy had been living in Oneida because she had been studying husbandry at SUNY(State University of New York) Morrisville, however she only attended the college for one year (1979-1980). She had been working at Vernon Downs but had quit her job about a week before her disappearance.

The last sighting of Tammy was on Route 46 near Glenwood Shopping Center in Oneida, around 7:45 am, on May 8, 1981. She was hitchhiking, something she’d often done, and was planning to travel to Hamilton, New York.  Hamilton is about 20 miles from Oneida.

It was on May 11, 1981, three days after her disappearance, that her boyfriend reported her missing.  It was not unlike Tammy to have been gone for more than a few days at a time. According the case info on, “the longest period she had ever been gone was eighteen days.”

Authorities investigating Tammy’s case believe that she was gang raped and murdered,  on the Oneida Indian Nation Territory. In 2002, investigators identified several male suspects, but their names have not been released.  In 2016, after receiving a tip, FBI forensic experts and the Oneida City police department unearthed a metal drum in the Town of Sullivan, that was believed to possibly contain Tammy’s remains.  Although the contents of this drum have not officially been released, they did say it did not contain a body.

Tammy’s body has still not been found, and her disappearance and possible murder, remains unsolved.  Authorities believe they know who raped and murdered her but do not have enough evidence to make an arrest and take the case to trial.

It has been been over 37 years since Tammy Mahoney’s disappearance, if you or anyone you know has any information please contact the Oneida City Police Department at 315-363-9111, or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 315-366-2289.

Further Reading:

Oneida Daily Dispatch

Justice for Tammy Mahoney Facebook page


1 thought on “The Disappearance of Tammy Mahoney

  • Cases such as Tammy’s are so horrifying. This poor family has been suffering for 37 years without knowing what happened, I can’t even imagine their agony. I hope they get the evidence they need to arrest the person they suspect of the crime soon.

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