TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma police released an updated age progression photo of Teekah Lewis, the 2-year-old girl who vanished from a Tacoma bowling alley nearly 24 years ago.
On Jan. 23, 1999, Teekah was last seen playing at the arcade area at the New Frontier Lanes bowling alley in the 4700 block of Center Street.
2-year-old Teekah Lewis disappeared fom a Tacoma bowling alley on Jan. 23, 1999. On Dec. 1, 2022, detectives released an updated age progression photo of her (right). (Tacoma Police Department)
A maroon late 1980s or 90s Pontiac Grand Am with tinted windows and a spoiler was last seen speeding away from the bowling alley parking lot after she disappeared.
During a Thursday news conference, Tacoma Police Department Det. Julie Dier and Teekah's mother, Theresa Czapiewski, spoke about her kidnapping.
"It’s like a nightmare living over and over again without any answers," Czapiewski said. "The one thing I'll never do is give up on Teekah because I know she’s out there."
Her family said they haven't given up on searching for her.
Tacoma Police Detective Julie Dier said, "Neither her body or clothing have ever been located. It is still a possibility she’s alive, and does not know she was a kidnapped victim."
"I’m just hoping one day Teekah sees her herself and she's like 'maybe that’s me,'" Czapiewski said. "It’s time to bring her home. Time to give us closure. All we want is to know what happened to her. If you’ve seen what happened, come forward," Czapiewski said.
Police also released an updated age progression photo on Thursday of Teekah. It was done by Louisiana State University’s FACES Laboratory.
This case is still open and the investigation remains ongoing.
Tacoma Police say they are still trying to identify a person of interest seen at the bowling alley when Teekah went missing. He's described as a white man who is around 5'11". At the time, he had a husky build, shoulder-length curly brown hair with a thick mustache and a heavily pock-marked face.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County said anyone with information about this case is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). Any tips leading to the arrest and charges filed for the person in this case can receive up to $1,000.