Fifteen-year-old Tonetta Carlisle was last seen on March 16, 1989 in Chattanooga, Tennessee walking home from school at approximately 2:55pm.
She was walking to her family's residence in the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue at the time. A woman on Ruth Street near Hamilton Avenue was watching Tonetta walking down the street when several unidentified suspects jumped out of a tan & yellow vehicle with Tennessee license plates numbered "LKH 920" force Tonetta into the vehicle and drove away.
The woman and her husband chased after the vehicle and alerted authorities with its license number. Tonetta's mother reported her daughter missing when she failed to come home from school eight hours later.
The license number of the vehicle was tracked back to a man named Jeffrey Jones, who was previously incarcerated for 8 years for rape and aggravated sexual assault. Jones was released a year before Tonetta disappeared. Police determined that Jones raped another woman who lived in his aparment complex two months before Tonetta was abducted.
On March 18, 1989 (two days after Tonetta's abduction), Jones was found deceased in his van from carbon monoxide poisoning. Tonetta has never been located and there were rumors that she was forced into prostitution & possibly taken to California.
Tonetta was last seen wearing a pink & white striped blouse, a denim skirt and white sneakers. Her hair was curly and trimmed on the top and longer in the back at the time of her disappearance. She has pierced ears, almond-shaped eyes and several of her teeth are capped or have fillings. She enjoys pizza and fast food items. She enjoyed rap music and Bobby Brown at the time of her disappearance.
If you have any information about Tonetta's abduction, please contact the Chattanooga Police Department.