Tammie Anne McCormick ** Saratoga Springs

Tammie Anne McCormick  **  Saratoga Springs

Tammie Anne McCormick

Missing since April 29, 1986 from Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: July 3, 1972
Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 108 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Shoulder length, light brown/blonde hair; hazel eyes.
Tattoos: Tammie has a homemade tattoo of "T.A.M." on her upper left arm.
Clothing: An over sized, yellow and white striped shirt; black corduroy pants; and beige, high heeled boots. She was carrying a shoulder bag.
Dentals: Available.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Tammie McCormick, of 5 Deerleap Place, was last seen was last seen by family members the morning of April 29 before she attempted to catch the bus to the Saratoga Springs Junior High School, where she was a student. She missed the bus, and she never made it to the junior high school. She may have tried to hitchhike. She has not been seen, heard from or spotted by anyone since then.

Police were concerned early on, as she did not leave a note and did not take a change of clothing with her.

Her mother waited until two days later to report her daughter missing to the police because she thought Tammie may have stayed at a friend's. She said Tammie often stayed overnight with her friends, but would call the next morning to say she was OK.
Foul play is suspected.

If you have any information concerning McCormick's whereabouts, please contact:
Saratoga Springs Police Department
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Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
New York State Police


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Comment by Brenda on May 5, 2012 at 8:51pm

Police: No new information on Tammie McCormick, missing since 1986
Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, the anniversary of Tammie McCormick’s disappearance came and went with no new information on the 26-year-old missing persons case.

McCormick was 13 when she went missing after school April 29, 1986.

Police have not given up the investigation, but Saratoga Springs Police Department Investigations Lt. John Catone there has not been any new information on the case as of late.

“The person of interest is still the same, the locations of interest remains the same, and we continue to interview people who may have been associated with Tammie or the person of interest Arthur Mason Slaybaugh,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Slaybaugh was a person of interest when McCormick initially disappeared and remains one, but he has since died.

Catone said a number of media outlets have reported on the ongoing case since the anniversary, but emphasized there is nothing new in the investigation.

He said the family is in constant contact with the department and the SSPD has worked with representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. But because it is a cold case, Catone said there is limited time to work on it.

Two years ago, though, Catone said McCormick is likely dead and the search is primarily focused on locating her remains.

“Our primary focus has always been and remains the same, locate Tammie McCormick and allow her family to have some closure to this 26-year ordeal,” he said in a statement Wednesday.


Comment by Joanne on June 21, 2011 at 8:31pm
Saratoga Springs Police following new clues in 25-year-old mystery
Teen may be buried near Saratoga Lake
Monday, June 20, 2011

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 — Police investigators believe the body of a 13-year-old city girl missing for 25 years could be buried somewhere near the southern end of Saratoga Lake.

But there will be no digging any time soon for the body of Tammie McCormick, said Sgt. John Catone of the Saratoga Springs Police Department.

“We won’t search for the body until we have done all the interviews,” Catone said on Thursday, June 16.

An investigation into the disappearance of McCormick was reopened last year and a former state corrections officer was identified as a person of interest in the case.

That person is Arthur M. Slaybaugh, a corrections officer who died at age 41 after a heart attack in 2001. Catone said the investigation continues.

“We keep plugging away, a little bit at a time,” Catone said.

Investigators with the state police Major Crime Unit are also helping city police in the case.

Police stressed that Slaybaugh, who lived in Broadalbin and Corinth at various times, is not yet considered a suspect in the missing person case.

Tammie McCormick, who lived in Geyser Crest, was 13 the last time she was seen by her family. She was reported missing by her family after not returning from what was then the junior high school off West Circular Street in Saratoga Springs on April 29, 1986. Her body has never been found.

Catone said investigators have interviewed more than 75 people over the past 12 months. The latest interviews took city police to Arkansas and Jacksonville, Fla. from June 3 through June 8. Catone said eight people were interviewed during this trip, including former friends of McCormick, family members of friends, and a former girlfriend of the late corrections officer, Slaybaugh.

“At some point we have to put the puzzle together,” Catone said about all the information gathered. When the information is organized it will be presented to city police and state police officials as well as the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. A decision to start excavating to find the body could be made by these authorities.

Police have no specific time frame on the investigation because much of the work is done when investigators aren’t busy on more urgent investigations and cases.

Catone said police have a “pretty good location” where the body could be buried. He said there are three sites police are interested in near Brown’s Beach at the southern end of Saratoga Lake. He said the locations are not actually in Brown’s Beach, just that general area.

Slaybaugh once had an apartment near Brown’s Beach, police said.

Lt. Gregory Veitch, a police department spokesman, said earlier this year that city police investigators Catone and Glen Vidnansky have been interviewing or re-interviewing people in the case, some of whom were or are state corrections officers at the Mount McGregor state prison in Wilton.

“What we really want is closure,” Veitch said about the investigation. Police have regularly talked to Tammie’s mother.

Comment by Joanne on June 11, 2011 at 10:34am

Cops hopeful in 1986 mystery

A few more interviews may help in search for missing Saratoga girl
Updated 10:08 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2011
  • Tammie McCormick was 13 when she disappeared in Saratoga Springs on April 29, 1986. (Courtesy: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) / AL
    Tammie McCormick was 13 when she disappeared in Saratoga Springs on April 29, 1986. (Courtesy: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Every step and each conversation take police closer to finding Tammie McCormick and closing a 25-year-old missing persons case, city police Sgt. John Catone said Friday.

Catone and Investigator Glen Vidnansky, working with the State Police, discovered information last year that led them to a suspect, former correction officer Arthur Mason Slaybaugh II, who is now deceased. Through the course of the investigation, the police have talked to 100 people, each one filling in blanks and corroborating others' stories.

It's been a longer process than Catone anticipated, he said, but worth the trips to Vermont, Buffalo, Fulton County and, most recently, Arkansas and Jacksonville, Fla. A file that once fit into a slender manila folder now fills four thick binders.

"As long as the information you're gathering is pointing in the same direction, it's worth it," he said.

Tammie was 13 when she left her home on Deerleap Place in Geyser Crest in April 1986 and never came home.

Tammie's mother, Nancy Hieber, has been working with police. Some of Tammie's siblings still live in the Geyser Crest neighborhood.

Although police consider Slaybaugh a suspect, Hieber said because the evidence gathered so far is circumstantial, she isn't ready to think of anyone as a suspect.

"There are still leads to digest. The important part is to stay focused on the information coming in," Hieber said Friday.

Some said at the time Tammie made it to the city's junior high school, where she was in the seventh grade. Others say she never showed up. Catone said he now knows she went to Slaybaugh's apartment near Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake. The interviews he and the other investigators are doing now center on where Sla

Comment by Joanne on February 15, 2011 at 1:01pm
Police working on new leads in 1986 disappearance of Saratoga Springs girl
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Tammie McCormick is seen in a 1986 photo.
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Saratoga Springs police investigators, along with members of the State Police Major Crimes Unit, have been conducting interviews relating to the April 29, 1986, disappearance of 13-year-old Tammie McCormick.

McCormick was reported missing by family members when she failed to return home from school. She was last seen at her home in Geyser Crest on the morning of her disappearance.

City police reopened the investigation last year and during the past several months have developed several new leads. Police do have a person of interest in McCormick’s disappearance but are declining to name the individual publicly so as not to jeopardize the investigation. Police have been in contact with McCormick’s family during the past several months regarding the status of the investigation.

McCormick resided on Deerlap Place and attended Saratoga Springs Junior High School.

Investigators are continuing to conduct interviews and follow up on leads in the case and are asking anyone who may have information to contact them at 584-1800 or anonymously at 584-TIPS (584-8477) or at www.saratogapolice.org.

Comment by Brenda on February 14, 2011 at 9:31pm
Posted at: 02/14/2011 6:10 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

Sources: Police identify murderer in missing person case

SARATOGA SPRINGS - She was just 13-years old when she went missing. Tammie McCormick was never heard from again. For nearly a quarter century her disappearance was investigated as a missing person case. But police now believe McCormick is a homicide victim.
And they believe her killer is also dead. Police aren't saying who killed her, but only NewsChannel 13 has learned that the suspect is Arthur Mason Slaybaugh. Law enforcement sources say Slaybaugh killed McCormick and disposed of her body. Slaybaugh, who was a corrections officer at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton, died of a heart attack in 2001, at the age of 41. According to an obituary was living in Corinth at the time of his death, but spent most of his life in Gloversville and Mayfield.
Police Investigative Sgt. John Catone has personally taken on the case that sat cold for several years. Sgt. Catone told us last year that he and another investigator have traveled all over interviewing people who knew something about what happened in April of 1986. Catone would only confirm Monday that there have been significant new developments in the case and they've apprised McCormick's family.
"We feel very good about where we're headed," said Catone. "At the very least, we're going to be able to create a timeline that will lead us in a certain direction and put a lot more closure than they've had for the last 25 years."
Law enforcement sources tell NewsChannel 13 that police recently interviewed several people who offered information only after learning that Slaybaugh, who was a big man and and an avid weight lifter, was dead.



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