FBI Will Pay You $50,000 If You Can Solve A Cold Case From 1992

The investigation

The FBI and local police went to work trying to find out what had happened to Tammy on that fateful August day. Some witnesses came up with what they saw. Some people said that they saw Tammy on the interstate and that a Tractor-trailer was parked behind her Pontiac-T1000. Some other witnesses say it wasn’t a tractor-trailer but a pickup truck that was behind Tammy’s car that fateful afternoon.

The FBI and the state police worked hand in hand to find out what had happened to Tammy and who had killed her. They formed a joint task force for Tammy’s case. This joint task force looked for any other incidents that mirrored what happened to Tammy all over America. They tracked down and interviewed every single tractor-trailer or pickup truck driver that had already been a suspect in other murder and secure assault cases. Everything they did hit a dead end, but they did not stop.

They kept asking questions and spreading out from California and even getting to North Carolina, but they hit dead end after dead end. Nothing gave, and the break they desperately needed was not forthcoming. A year after Tammy was kidnapped and her body found, the investigation was stopped, and the joint task force was dissolved. It’s been 25 years now, and the police believe that they have found a new lead, but they need the help of the public to bring this killer to justice.

A week before the 25th anniversary of Tammy’s death, the FBI is soliciting the help of the public to aid in finding Tammy’s killer and finding justice for Tammy.

It has been 25 years since Tammy met her doom in the interstate while on her way to school from her home in New Jersey and there has been no justice for her yet. But now the FBI and the Illinois State Police think that the might have a better chance at solving this case because of the advancement in DNA testing.

Although cold cases that have lasted this long are tough to solve because of the cold trail, Tammy’s case is a bit different. Despite the amount of time that has passed, Illinois State Police Detective, Lt. Jeff Padilla, who has been reinvestigating Tammy’s case for the past 6 years has a lot of high hopes for this case being solved. As he says “this case has so much evidence that still exists, it should help us be able to bring justice to Tammy and her family.”

The FBI is now privy to newer methods of analyzing DNA samples for forensic purposes, and they believe that they can solve this murder and bring Tammy’s killer to justice with these new methods they can extract DNA better from the 200 pieces of evidence that the murderer left behind.

When questioned on the new method of forensic analyzes, Lt. Padilla said “I’m hopeful this new technology will help us I am convinced the DNA, and the suspect are in the case file. It’s just a question of finding them.”

Now, this is where the public comes into play.

A lot of Tammy’s properties are still out there, and they include a Cannon 35mm camera, a wristwatch with the design of an umbrella in its face, a very non-identical patch that was given to Tammy Zywicki by her soccer team for one year. The FBI believes that these items of hers were kept by the killer probably as a memento of the murder. They are hoping that people would be observant and might notice the items.

Tammy’s mother, JoAnn Zywicki has added an incentive for the public to keep their eyes open for these objects in the form of $50,000 reward money. She says, “There continues to be a $50,000 reward offered in this case,” she added. “Even after 25 years, a concerned citizen doing the right thing can help us solve this case.”

Even though it has been a quarter of a century now since 21-year-old Tammy Zywicki was murdered, her mother JoAnn is not giving up on her hope of seeing her daughters murderer sentenced. In a recent interview, she had a lot to say concerning this case and the dedication of the FBI and the Illinois state police to bringing justice hole for Tammy.

“I’m glad to see they are pursuing that,” she said. “It’s good to see the FBI and the Illinois State Police working together.” She is happy over the fact that her daughters case “has brought a lot of attention to how many cold cases we have, and that’s important.It always amazes me how many people remember Tammy in different ways. She did make her mark. She would have been a very successful person. She was well rounded and had a lot of interests, and she was very motivated.”

Now, the FBI and the Illinois state police are depending on the public. Be vigilant and jeep an eye out for Tammy’s possessions. Your call could change the tide of the case and bring justice for Tammy. If you notice something, then call the FBI office or submit your tip online. Thank you.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

She started out innocently enough, by posting pictures of herself on Facebook, often poolside in a bikini. Her girl-next-door looks and friendly disposition soon made her popular enough that she set up an Instagram account to document her life. She posted about her fitness routine, style and fashion tips, and other small moments where she showed her fans what her daily life was like. But this was only the beginning for her.She started out innocently enough, by posting pictures of herself on Facebook, often poolside in a bikini. Her girl-next-door looks and friendly disposition soon made her popular enough that she set up an Instagram account to document her life. She posted about her fitness routine, style and fashion tips, and other small moments where she showed her fans what her daily life was like. But this was only the beginning for her.

YOUTUBE SENSATION ADDITION TO HER INSTAGRAM, SHE ALSO STARTED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN WHICH SHE POSTED VIDEOS OF HERSELF SINGING COVERS OF HIT POP SONGS. ASIDE FROM A GIFTED SINGER, SHE WAS ALSO A SONGWRITER AND SHOWCASED THIS SKILL WITH A VIDEO OF HER ORIGINAL SONG ‘FIGHTER’, WHICH GARNERED 300,000 VIEWS AND CATAPULTED HER CHANNEL TO OVER 13,000 SUBSCRIBERS. IT WAS CLEAR THAT FANS WERE LOVING HER CONTENT, BUT SHE WOULD SOON DISCOVER A SOMEWHAT DARKER SIDE OF FAME.

OBSESSED FANS

As her Instagram reached 300,000 followers and her other channels continued growing, she began to notice that her most popular posts were those where she showed off her body, like bikini shots or fitness photos. She received a lot of comments from male fans, many of them sending messages of love and even marriage proposals. It was only a matter of time before someone took it to the next level…

A BRUSH WITH THE DARK SIDE

Soon there were online communities devoted to talking about her, like several forums and even an entire Subreddit. With such dedication from her followers, it is no wonder why an adult movie site decided to use her face for advertising. While it was later revealed the images were Photoshopped and eventually taken down, it was nevertheless a sign that she had reached peak Internet fame. And yet, she was about to get even bigger.

INSTAGRAM STAR CROSSOVER

Her popularity surged once more in 2015, when she was photographed hanging out with none other than Dan Bilzerian, known to some as the “King of Instagram”. She even shared a picture on her own Instagram, getting up close and personal with the renowned ladies man. Though she deleted it later, it did not stop the speculation and many wondered if the two were dating. And it wasn’t just fans who where paying attention to the social media star…

MEDIA DARLING

Her Internet popularity was such that established publications started noticing her. In June 2016, she was featured in a MAXIM Magazine post that mentioned her “scorching Instagram feed”. She was also interviewed by The Idle Man, where she was asked what piece of advice she’d give to her younger self. “I would tell her that it’s so important to keep things in perspective”, she answered. Perhaps this was a hint of what was to come.

VANISHED

Then in 2017 a strange thing happened. Her Instagram and Twitter accounts disappeared, and many of her YouTube videos were deleted. All that was left was her Facebook, which hadn’t been updated in months. Fans, left at the mercy of conspiracy theorists and impersonators with fake accounts, began to wonder if something had happened to her. Where was she?

MENTAL ILLNESS

Before her online disappearance, she had posted a picture of herself at the hospital. When fans asked why she was there, she revealed she had been suffering from depression, anxiety disorder and borderline Bipolar Disorder throughout her lifetime. She chose to share her story so other people with the same afflictions would know there was help out there. While this was commendable, perhaps it had to do with her sudden absence?

A NEW START

Finally, a few months later, the truth unfolded. Sick of being famous for having a pretty face and a hot body, she decided she wanted to focus on her singer/songwriter career. She knew she had talent and was determined to make it on her own terms. Though she hasn’t posted new material in nearly two years, we’d like to think she’s busy building up her comeback. So… who is she?

WHO IS SHE?

Her name is Claire Abbott, born in Canada in 1998. Her first forays into social media started in 2012, and she’s been in the spotlight since she was 15. So it makes sense she would want to take a break! And while we wait for her triumphant return to the Internet, she’s not the only Instagram celebrity we can follow for lifestyle tips and fashion photos. Which of these will be the next big thing?

MIMI ELASHIRY

With almost 900,000 followers on Instagram, Australian model Mimi Elashiry has been able to build an impressive career purely through social media. Having had trouble finding an agency to represent her due to her short height (5’6”), her online popularity has forced big brands to notice her. She’s been featured in Teen Vogue and GQ, and has modeled for Tommy Hilfiger and Sweaty Betty.

LUANNA PEREZ-GARREAUD

Luanna Perez-Garreaud is a fashion blogger from Peru living in New York. Her fire-red hair and unique sense of style have helped her amass 2 million Instagram followers. Not only does she regularly collaborate with beauty brands such as Biore, she is proud of her Peruvian heritage and is happy to share travel tips for those who visit her homeland.

CHARLIE BARKER

With her cotton candy-colored hair, model and artist Charlie Barker’s aesthetics were perfect for Instagram. Her more than 500,000 followers would seem to agree. Having dabbled in painting, she is now part of music duo TRIGGRD. Their latest video launched in September 2017 and so far has garnered 37,000 views.

BRIAN WHITTAKER

Who says only women can be Instagram-famous? Brian Whittaker was discovered when a fellow model came across his Instagram and told him to contact his agency. Soon, the British model was on all the runways, and he won the heart of Swedish singer Zara Larsson. But his more than 800,000 followers don’t seem to mind.

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