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Jan.
25th

The hunt must go on for Teekah and other lost children

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

If there’s one thing worse than the death of a child, it’s the disappearance of a child.

Monday marked the 13th anniversary of the vanishing of 2-year-old Teekah Lewis of Tacoma. Bill Clinton was still president when she went missing. The bowling alley on Center Street where she vanished has since been razed.

She was a toddler then; she would be a high-schooler today. And she is still missing. Read more »

Aug.
21st

Still no justice for Misty, but not for lack of trying

Misty Copsey

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Puyallup police have finally done right by Misty Copsey, even if belatedly.

Misty disappeared in 1992 after a visit to the Puyallup Fair. The 14-year-old – originally labeled a runaway but now considered a homicide victim – was never seen again.

As The News Tribune’s Sean Robinson reports today, the department has spent two years reviewing every inch of Misty’s disappearance and the police’s half-hearted initial investigation.

The review was prompted by Robinson’s 2009 series that detailed how police had bungled the original case – in large part because they let their distrust of Misty’s mother and others cloud their judgment.
The criticism could have prompted the boys in blue to close ranks, to defend their handling of the case from outsiders and pesky reporters.

To the department’s credit, Puyallup police officials took a different course. A detective, backed by a trio of police commanders, has worked diligently to ensure that this time, no lead goes unchecked. Read more »