Texas Woman Claims To Be One Of The Missing Bradley Sisters

Steve Miller
May 24, 2019 - 6:00 am

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The great aunt of the still-missing Bradley sisters doesn’t know whether to feel hope or disappointment and anger after a Texas woman contacted her through social media, claiming to be one of the long-lost girls.

"I had made a post several weeks ago that said, 'Tionda and Diamond, please come home.'  A young lady responded, 'We're trying,'" said Shelia Bradley-Smith, the Bradley girls’ great-aunt.

They disappeared almost 18 years ago.

"This young lady, she insists that she's Tionda.  She said that they were taken out of Chicago by someone known to the family," Bradley-Smith said.

Bradley-Smith said some of what the woman says rings true.

These are screen grabs showing texts between a Texas woman who claims to be Tionda Bradley and a relative of the still-missing girl. (provided to WBBM Newsradio)

"She sent me photos, and I said, 'Well, what about the scar?'  You know, Tionda had a scar on her forearm. And she got a little upset with me and said, 'Auntie, out of all people, you should know, this is me,'" she said.

Smith's private investigator, Pablo Foster, has doubts. He said more than one person may be involved.

"It appears that right now it's an adult, as well as three to four young adults that's involved," Foster said.

WBBM Newsradio has asked the FBI for comment. The woman who said she is Tionda Bradley has not commented to WBBM Newsradio.

Tionda was 10 and Diamond was 3 when they disappeared from their Chicago residence in 2001.