Thursday, August 23, 2012

On the 20th anniversary of Tammy Zywicki's slaying, FBI investigators still hope for a break


Tammy Zywicki would be 41 now, perhaps a mother, perhaps a photographer living out her dreams.

She never got that chance. Zywicki was sexually assaulted and slain 20 years ago Thursday after her Pontiac broke down on Interstate 80 near Utica, Ill., as she headed to college in Iowa. Nine days later, authorities found her body alongside a Missouri highway. Her killer has eluded investigators.

The FBI said Wednesday its investigation remains active. They're still looking for clues, hoping that someone might come forward despite the long years and faded memories.

On that August day, Zywicki stopped in Evanston to drop her brother off at Northwestern University. Then she got back on the highway for the final leg of a trip from her home in New Jersey to Grinnell College in central Iowa. She was a senior majoring in art history and Spanish.

Witnesses remembered seeing the 21-year-old blonde with a big smile and glasses on the side of the road with a trucker who had stopped to ostensibly help with her car troubles.

Law enforcement agencies established a task force, leads trickled in and, in an era before cellphones were common, her classmates in Iowa pledged to install emergency phones along every mile of federal highway.

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow 20 years. If we learned anything it is that truck drivers are serial killers don't ride to your death.

Anonymous said...

And how many thousands more since then? Democrats solution = do away with death penalty.

Anonymous said...

Most likely the trucker but which one. A few truck driver serial killers have been captured since then. Would be nice to identify the killer to bring some peace to her Mom. Another really sad story.

Anonymous said...

Imagine losing a child like this. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

Sad story. Would never want to go through losing a child. Couldn't imagine the pain.

The Song Remains The Same said...

Now THIS is a tragedy! Not some 15 yr old mule getting shot while rolling bones at 3am. Sad to say but with every passing day, the likelihood of solving this decreases.
I hope it's eventually solved to bring her mother & family some closure.
May she rest in peace...

Anonymous said...

FBI=Famous But Incompetent.

Anonymous said...

SAW A new series on tv the other nite about 2 sisters that are phyics and solved a murder right down to the car that was used,i know it may sound weird but i do beleive there are ppl out there who have this gift,,,,

Anonymous said...

SAW A new series on tv the other nite about 2 sisters that are phyics and solved a murder right down to the car that was used,i know it may sound weird but i do beleive there are ppl out there who have this gift,,,,

Anonymous said...

'sexually assaulted'? ..well that eliminates Barack and Rahm...

Anonymous said...

I hate to judge a book by its cover, however, every time I pass a long haul rig on the highway, or see some neanderthal truck driver stopped on an interstate, I can't help to wonder if this is one of the many psychopaths who carved-up a woman and dumped her body like garbage in a woods, or shoulder of a roadway. I didn't feel that way before, however, the evidence seems to bear this out. And now I have my own daughters. And now we know all about the goof Washington State failed to execute for the Green River Murders. And even the prostitutes can be real victims-lifes failures who put food in their mouths in the only way they think they can. Of course they're wrong, but to be strangled and disemboweled by one of these monsters is a little harsher punishment for their misdeeds than even they deserve. And Tammy Zywiki wasn't one. So the next time you pick up the keys and radio and see one at Warren and Talman, or Arthington and Cicero, or all the other "whore spots" lock 'em up, or at least shag them off the spot. You'll be doing them a favor. And who knows what she might tell one day about a shooting, murder, or dope spot. And never stop making traffic stops on the truck drivers you see stopped at those spots. And think of the Zywiki family, and pray for them and your family.

Anonymous said...

Send your daughter off to college and she comes home to visit 6 months later with her new boyfriend ZooKoo Mobutoo from Kenya. 7feet tall, skinny as a rail, and jack-o-lantern teeth. Also he has no fucking arms. They got chopped off by a neighboring tribe because he didn't belong to the right family. He writes, eats, and drives with his stanky toes. The really good news for Mom and Dad is she is 5 months peggnant. Should have home schooled this little cunt and kept her chained to the kitchen stove.

Anonymous said...

I also have a "gift". I can eat a dozen Dunkin Donuts in 5 minutes flat!

I Voted For Obama said...

It's a terrible thing to lose a child.

Anonymous said...

And the other lesson too...don't send your daughter to an out of state college in a piece of shit car which broke down on the side of the road....if you don't have enough money for a decent ride for them then don't let them leave home. STUPID ASS PARENTS.

Anonymous said...

2:06 PM--You are one stupid freindless mofo.You shameless fool.I sincerely hope your not raising a family.Take a jump --you dummy.

Anonymous said...

To 9:17 PM...Go fuck your mother in her ass again. She likes it when her boy does the Wild Thang with her in the basement. And if you have a problem with that asshole I will meet you at 35th & Michigan Saturday at noon. I know you won't show up coward. Now go fuck your sister in her asshole.