Chicago Housing Authority

Suburban Mom Still Hopes Baby is Alive 36 Years After Mysterious Disappearance

Teague says she believes her daughter was likely unharmed but probably abducted by someone who perhaps wanted a baby of their own

It's been 36 years since a woman says her then- 18-month-old daughter suddenly vanished after leaving the baby with her mother, while her and her husband enjoyed a night out.

Kathy Teague says despite all the years that have passed, she lives with lingering hope that her daughter is well and alive.

"My hope is that someone out there knows what happened to my child and maybe one day they will come forward," Teague said.

On that night in June of 1983 the family was living at the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes; when the couple returned home, they were shocked to realize that their 18-month-old daughter Vinyette was missing.

The mother says recounting the story felt like she was reliving the tragic moment again.

She says they searched for days--every floor, every building but no sign of her daughter. They even took several lie detector tests until they were eventually cleared by police.

Teague says she believes her daughter was likely unharmed but probably abducted by someone who perhaps wanted a baby of their own.

She hopes Vinyette is somewhere out there alive and longs for the day she will meet the woman she’s become.

"I wonder if she is a mother...is she married? How many kids?...Has it been good?" she wonders.

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