Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Tammy Daniel was last seen by her mother, as she dropped her off at the mobile home she shared with her husband, Gene, in Stanaford. The couple was married around 18 months earlier. In a missing persons complaint filed by the Hensdills June 7, 1987, the parents said they had returned to the trailer in the afternoon on June 2 and spoke to Gene Daniel. Daniel had told the parents that his wife had been inside the trailer but that he’d asked her to leave. He’d promised to call them if she returned.
According to police, a couple who lived next door reported that Daniel had borrowed their vacuum around June 5 and that he had brought it back. When they used the vacuum cleaner, they noticed there was a terrible odor coming from it, and there was a sticky substance. The detectives came, and they tested it, and received positive tests for blood. The blood matched Tammy’s type, according to reports. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the Daniel trailer, and found a stain on a bedroom carpet and what they had believed to be blood in the carpet padding and flooring. According to police records, Daniel denied involvement in Tammy’s disappearance.
In the months and years leading up to June 2, 1987, Tammy had been photographed with black eyes. She had also recently undergone a splenectomy to remove an injured spleen.
Her husband was indicted for murder in the months following her disappearance, but the indictment was later dismissed due to insufficient evidence, according to court records. Tammy has been declared legally dead. Foul play is suspected.
In January 1989, Daniel was convicted for the July 8, 1988, shooting death of Walter Morgan in a vehicle. He served a sentence for the murder and was released.
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Raleigh County Sheriff's Department
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