Name: Pamela Dawn Tinsley
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: April 13, 1986
Location Last Seen: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: May 18, 1966
Age: 19 years old
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Mole on the left side of her mouth; pierced ears; smoker.
Fingerprints: Not Available
Clothing: Two-piece turquoise bathing suit with black polka dots, white shorts, and flip-flop sandals.
Jewelry: Small gold ring with diamonds, size 7.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Pamela was last seen on April 13, 1986 at Lake Overholser where she had gone with friends. She was reporting missing after friends said she failed to return from a motorcycle ride with an unidentified man she met at the lake. He is described as being white with brown hair and maybe a brown mustache, between 19 and 23 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighting between 180 and 200 pounds. The motorcycle was said to be a blue Kawasaki between 650 cc and 750 cc. Dawn left her purse behind with a friend, indicating that she was planning to return.
At the time of her disappearance, she had a job delivering newspapers for The Oklahoman. Tinsley also had at least three people - two men and one woman - staying with her at the one-bedroom apartment. They did not have jobs nor pay rent, and she was planning to ask them to leave. A couple of weeks prior to her disappearance, police had found marijuana in Tinsley's home. Pamela was questioned and was adamant that the marijuana didn't belong to her. It is unclear if she was charged with cultivating marijuana.
Tinsley was engaged to a military man serving out of state, who had been sending letters to her requesting that she send him drugs. In one letter written by Pamela but never sent, dated April 11, 1986 - just two days before she disappeared - she mentions that she could get some Ecstasy from her brother, adding that she had never tried it herself. Her brother, who is now deceased, was later arrested for cultivating marijuana.
In 2008, an anonymous caller phoned the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, passing on information about Tinsley's disappearance. “We’ve got some ideas of the people who may have been involved in her death, and we’re going to give them the opportunity to come forward and be treated like witnesses. If we have to go find them, then they’re going to be suspects,” said Oklahoma City police Inspector Kyle Eastridge. Initially, the operating assumption was that Tinsley was killed by one person. Now, it seems more likely that accomplices were involved, either in the slaying or in transporting and hiding the body, which is thought to be in a pond in far northwest Oklahoma City.
Agency Name: Oklahoma City Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Mike Burke
Agency Phone Number: 405-297-1000
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 860411313
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 6730
The Oklahoman (4/25/86)
The Oklahoman (6/7/08)
Added: 2/14/2007; Last Updated: 7/15/2017
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.