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Misty Donna Copsey
Missing since September 17, 1992 from Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Misty was last seen in the evening walking home from the Puyallup Fairgrounds. She was visiting the fair together with her best friend. Misty's mother worked night, she drove the girls to the fair, but she could not pick the girls up. The girls were supposed to take the bus from Puyallup to Spanaway. The girls went on rides. Nothing unusual happened.
Misty missed her bus home, at 3rd Street SW and W. Pioneer at 21.20 and has not been seen since. She called her mother at 20.45 to tell her she missed the bus. Her mother asked her to call someone they both trusted, then call her back. The call never came. Misty's mother called the police when she came home from work and Misty wasn't there. Misty's friend said she'd walked home, leaving Misty at the bus stop, heading for the bus.
Misty had no money, was a good student, and had never run away before. She had a clean criminal record.
Some of Misty's clothing was discovered near Mud Mountain Dam on February 7, 1993. Searchers found a sock, underwear and jeans rolled up in a ditch, near the intersection of state Highway 410 and Weyco Road.
Copsey's hair pick and toothbrush were located on February 20, 1993, approximately one-half mile from the location of her clothes. She carried both the items in her purse at the time of her disappearance.
Misty was the only child of separated parents. She was a good student. She got A's and B's in her last full quarter at Spanaway Lake Junior High School. She was an athlete: softball, basketball and volleyball. She was straight, according to her friends – no smoking, no drinking, no sex.
In early 1992, Misty and her mother moved out of Green Meadows, a mobile home park on South Hill where they'd lived for several years, to a duplex in Spanaway.
Misty was declared dead in 2000 by the Pierce County Medical Examiner.
Investigators Pullayup Police Department
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NCMEC #: NCMC774514
NCIC Number: M-591284274 Source Information:
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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Washington State Missing Persons
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