Tammy Rothganger

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Tammy Rothganger
File:Tammy Rothganger.jpg Tammy Rothganger.jpg
BornTammy Sue Rothganger
(1968-08-10)August 10, 1968
DisappearedMay 16, 1984 (aged 15)
Near Eldon High School in Eldon, Missouri
StatusMissing for 37 years, 11 months and 6 days
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Height5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
💪 Weight140 lbs lb 140 lb (64 kg) lb
👴 👵 Parent(s)
  • Linda Hall (mother)

Tammy Sue Rothganger (born August 10, 1968)[1] is a missing woman who was last seen on May 16, 1984.[2][3]


The last time that Rothganger was seen was in front Eldon High School,[4][5] when she was getting into a blue Plymouth at about 7:45 am. The school was across the street from where she lived in Eldon, Miller County, Missouri. Rothganger was last seen wearing a sweatshirt, a chain necklace, an arrowhead pendant, a leather wristband, and Nike shoes.

Investigation and aftermath[edit]

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Age progression of Rothganger to age 42

When an investigation was conducted, detectives were informed that Tammy’s mother was dating a man named Martin Priest who was living with her and Tammy for a few months before Tammy disappeared in 1984.[6] It was revealed that in 1980, Priest had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a 12-year-old Nevada, Missouri girl, but was released three years later when the verdict was overturned on appeal. In January 2016, Priest was charged with the murder of Rothganger, 32 years after her disappearance.[7]

Priest was considered a suspect in the murder of a 15-year-old girl whose mother he had similarly befriended, and is also suspected of several other murders.[8]

See also[edit]

  • List of people who disappeared mysteriously


  1. "Tammy Sue Rothganger". www.nampn.org. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  2. Good, Meaghan Elizabeth. "The Charley Project: Tammy Sue Rothganger". www.charleyproject.org. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  3. "The Doe Network: Case File 1381DFMO". www.doenetwork.org. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  4. "Tammy Sue Rothganger - Missouri Missing Person Directory". www.missingin.org. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  5. "National Center for Missing & Exploited Children". www.missingkids.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  6. "Tammy Sue Rothganger, 15, Disappeared Without a Trace in 1984 - True Crime Report". True Crime Report. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  7. Edwards/LakeExpo.com, RaVae. "Murderer Or Serial Killer? Martin Priest's Troubling History". LakeExpo.com. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  8. "Convicted of one murder, suspected of many". kansas. Retrieved 2017-04-09.

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