Chicago Girl Vanished 36 Years Ago

Steve Miller
June 24, 2019 - 3:34 pm

Vinyette Teague/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It is a missing child case that has not gathered much attention in the past several years. Tuesday marks 36 years since the disappearance of a 1 ½-year-old girl from her South Side home.

It was a night in early summer, 1983. Kathy Teague and her husband left the Robert Taylor Homes to go to the drive-in movie. They left their daughter, Vinyette, with Teague's mother.

At some point during the evening, Teague says her mother's phone rang and she left Vinyette playing outside with other family members and friends.

And after that, she vanished.

Kathy Teague wants to believe Vinyette is still alive.

Kathy Teague

"I don't want to believe anything else, that somebody took her for anything else, outside of just wanting a baby.

"She was a beautiful little baby, so anything else would probably kill me if I thought they took her for any other reason than that."

Kathy Teague is 65 now. Vinyette would be 37.

Teague says it's been at least five years since she's heard from police about the case.

When asked about the 1983 case, police spokesmen said their digital records do not go back that far.