Ten years ago, little Teekah Lewis vanished from a Tacoma bowling alley.
The 2 1/2-year-old girl was last seen playing near a coin-operated racing game as her family bowled nearby at New Frontier Lanes the night of Jan. 23, 1999.
Then she vanished. Teekah has not been seen or heard from since. Police investigators suspect a stranger might have snatched Teekah but have never had a suspect description to release.
Her mother says 10 years is long enough.
“My daughter has been missing for almost 10 years and its time to find my little girl,” Theresa Lewis said this week. “It’s time for someone to speak out.”
Teekah’s family will hold a candlelight vigil Friday night at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the old bowling alley, 4702 S. Center St.
“I wish everybody would come out for this 10 years,” Lewis said. “We need all the support we can get.”
The investigation into Teekah’s disappearance remains ongoing. Last year, the Tacoma Police Department released new photographs and video of Teekah that were taken shortly before her disappearance.
In October, Teekah became the latest missing child to be featured as part of the Homeward Bound program. The Washington State Patrol and Gordon Trucking of Pacific launched the program in 2006 to help bring missing children home.
Police investigators received a few tips from the efforts but none were substantial, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
Under the program, the photo of 15 missing children have been featured on the sides of Gordon Trucks, which travel the nation’s highways. Lenoria Jones, a 4-year-old girl who went missing from Tacoma in 1995, also has been featured.
Lewis said 10 years has gone by fast.
“She should be home,” the mother said. “My baby is almost 13 years old. I’ve missed 10-11 birthdays. It’s just unbelievable.”
“It’s just so hard to believe not one tip has come in and not lead to anything,” Lewis said.
Lewis, as she’s done in the past, pleaded for anyone with information to come forward. Or, just let Teekah go.
“All we want is her back,” Lewis said. “Drop her off somewhere. Just drop her off.”