The Doe Network:
Case File 70DFTN

1Age Progression
Left: Carlisle, circa 1989; Right: Age-progressed by NCMEC to age 34

Tonetta Y. Carlisle
Missing since March 16, 1989 from Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
Classification: Non Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: August 28, 1973
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1; 95 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black female. Black hair; brown eyes. Carlisle's curly hair was trimmed short on the top and sides and longer in the back at the time she disappeared. Her eyes are large and almond-shaped.
  • Marks, Scars: Pierced ears.
  • Clothing: A pink and white striped blouse, a denim skirt with white tennis shoes.
  • Dentals: Available. She has caps on her teeth and dental fillings.
  • DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Police say Tonetta Carlisle was abducted on March 15, 1989, by unknown individuals outside 615 Hamilton Avenue, Chattanooga, as she was walking home from school. Chattanooga police say Tonetta left City High School at approximately 14:55. Five minutes later a witness saw Tonetta being dragged into a tan and yellow van by several unidentified suspects. The witness was able to give police the license tag number of the van. Two days later the owner of the van allegedly used in the abduction was found dead in the vehicle. Police say he had died of asphyxiation, and they believe that he killed himself. The owner had just been released from prison for rape.

An extensive search of the area where the van was found, by more than 300 police, sheriff's deputies, blood hounds and volunteers, failed to find any trace of Tonetta.

If you have any information concerning Carlisle's case, please contact:
Chattanooga Police Department


You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

Agency Case Number: 8925551

NCMEC #: NCMC722063

NCIC Number: M-353311618
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
America's Most Wanted
Fox 6

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