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Teekah Lewis case still open; man whose house was searched isn’t a suspect

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm with No Comments »
August 2, 2012 1:36 pm

A Tacoma man who was recently questioned about the disappearance of Teekah Lewis 13 years ago is not considered a suspect, police said.

Detectives on July 22 searched John William Black’s house in the 800 block of South Hawthorne Street but did not find anything tying him to the abduction of the 2 ½-year-old girl who was last seen at a bowling alley in 1999.

“Nothing significant was found to indicate his involvement,” police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Detectives decided to interview Black after learning he pleaded guilty to a 2010 child-luring case at a different Tacoma bowling alley.

In that case, Black motioned to a 3-year-old girl and told the child her mother was in the car. The girl’s father intervened. Black was sentenced to a year in jail.

“They looked at him based on things he’d done,” Fulghum said, adding that Det. Lindsey Wade “continues to look at people of interest who fit some kind of a connection.”

Wade inherited the case in recent years and has doggedly pursued every tip and ferreted out similar child-luring and abduction cases, including Black’s.

Police searched Black’s home and property with a forensics team and cadaver dogs. Nothing was found that tied him to Teekah’s disappearance.

He previously told The News Tribune that he didn’t know the girl and had nothing to do with her going missing from the now-defunct New Frontier Lanes on Center Street.

Teekah was last seen the night of Jan. 23, 1999 playing a video game while her family bowled nearby.

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