Tina Marie Finley
Missing since March 7, 1988 from Benewah County, Idaho.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Finley was last seen on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Benewah County, Idaho on March 7, 1988. On that night Finley played pool at a Plummer bar, then went to a Tensed birthday party. Investigators think that's where she met the people responsible for her disappearance. Finley left the party, and went to Tensed's Circle H Saloon. A man there later told police he gave her a ride to Plummer, dropping her off about a quarter-mile from home. Hale said the man passed a polygraph test, suggesting he's telling the truth. But Finley never made it home.
Shortly after Finley's disappearance, her purse, identification card, and shoes were found on the side of U.S. Highway 95, which bisects the reservation.
Investigators searched an abandoned car and house at DeSmet, finding several of Finley's belongings, and a business letter addressed to one of the suspects. A search of a Plummer home that fall found Finley's jacket.
In 1991, divers searched for Finley's body in a small pond on a back road. In 1992, a road worker found a grave-shaped pit at McCroskey State Park. Authorities thinks it was intended for Finley's body, but that the gravediggers were disturbed, or decided it was too close to a road. They think Finley was abducted and killed somewhere near Tensed.
Finley was raised on the Coeur d'Alene reservation. The seven children grew up in foster homes.
At 14, Finley ran away from her foster home. She hitchhiked to Seattle, and eventually to California. At 17, she phoned her uncle, who bought her a bus ticket home from San Jose.
Finley later moved in with her uncle. She held several jobs, and considered to study at North Idaho College.
Investigators Benewah County Sheriff's Office
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NCIC Number: M-293914473 Source Information: Return to the Unexplained Disappearances' Index
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Idaho Missing Person Clearinghouse
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