FBI of­fers re­ward for help solv­ing 25-year-old mur­der case

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - WEATHER -

Au­thor­i­ties sought the pub­lic’s help Tues­day in solv­ing the slay­ing of an Iowa col­lege stu­dent who was ab­ducted 25 years ago in Illi­nois and found dead in Mis­souri.

Illi­nois State Po­lice and the FBI is­sued the ap­peal a day be­fore the 25th an­niver­sary of 21-year-old Tammy Zy­wicki’s dis­ap­pear­ance, with an FBI re­ward of up to $50,000 of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to any sus­pects.

Au­thor­i­ties say Zy­wicki was driv­ing from her New Jer­sey home to Iowa’s Grin­nell Col­lege for her se­nior year when she was last seen alive on Aug. 23, 1992, near her dis­abled 1985 Pon­tiac T1000 along In­ter­state 80 near LaSalle in cen­tral Illi­nois. Her stabbed body was found more than a week later wrapped in a blan­ket wrapped with duct tape in south­west­ern Mis­souri east of Jo­plin.

A passer-by re­ported catch­ing the last glimpses of Zy­wicki near her dis­abled car. Some wit­nesses said a trac­tor-trailer was seen parked be­hind her ve­hi­cle; oth­ers say they saw a pickup truck.

After her body was found, Illi­nois State Po­lice joined forces with the FBI and other agen­cies in a task force, but it dis­banded the next year. On Tues­day, Illi­nois and fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors called the in­ves­ti­ga­tion still ac­tive.

Over the past two decades, ef­forts to crack the case have sput­tered. In­ves­ti­ga­tors looked at truck­ers sus­pected in killings and sex­ual at­tacks else­where, from North Carolina to Cal­i­for­nia, but even­tu­ally elim­i­nated them from sus­pi­cion in Zy­wicki’s death.

Illi­nois State Po­lice and the FBI is­sued the ap­peal a day be­fore the 25th an­niver­sary of 21-year-old Tammy Zy­wicki’s dis­ap­pear­ance, with an FBI re­ward of up to $50,000 of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to any sus­pects.

[AP FILE PHOTO]

JoAnn Zy­wicki sits by a photo of her daugh­ter Tammy in 2012 at her home in Ocala, Fla. Tammy, an Iowa col­lege stu­dent, was ab­ducted 25 years ago in Illi­nois and found dead in Mis­souri.

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