Tracy Anne King, age 14, went missing from Pennsylvania on July 8, 1975.
Some sites say she disappeared from Mt. Pleasant Township, while others state Littlestown as the city she was last seen in.
Tracy was a resident of Hoffman Homes (also referred to as Hoffman House) at the time of her disappearance. Hoffman Homes was a children’s home, which catered to youth with psychological or emotional problems.
Most reports state that Tracy was last seen leaving the home, and it was believed that she had run away. She had run away from the home previously, but had always come back after not too long. This time, she was never seen again. Tracy’s family was not notified that Tracy was missing until a week after her disappearance.
Tracy had written letters to her family just prior to her disappearance, and did not seem to be upset with her family. She apologized for not writing more frequently, and for her messy handwriting (which apparently was not messy at all.)
Old newspaper articles tell slightly different versions of her disappearance.
One article claims that Tracy did not leave the home alone – she and another teen, Stephanie, ran away at the same time. On July 11, three days after their disappearance, neither girl had been located. It is unknown if Stephanie is still missing. I would be very interested to know Stephanie’s recollection of when and where Tracy was actually last seen. I hope law enforcement has spoken to her.
Another article from the same newspaper states that Tracy had gone roller skating with a group of kids from Hoffman Homes, and it was then that she disappeared. I wonder if this was an outing to a skating rink, or if they were simply skating up and down the sidewalk in front of the residence? If she had gone missing while with a group of kids, one would think someone would have seen something, or at least seen her with the group, also contradicting the widespread account that she was last seen leaving the residence.
Tracy’s family does not believe that she would have disappeared voluntarily for more than a couple days. They state that she had no money, and was close to her sisters.
I’m also curious as to where Tracy went the previous times that she ran away. Did she have a friend or relative that she stayed with, or was she just out roaming the city? Had Stephanie run away with her on the previous occasions, or had she gone alone?
I truly hope she can be found alive, and I hope it can be confirmed when and where Tracy was actually last seen. I think it could answer many questions – who had she come in contact with after leaving the home? What city was she actually last seen in? What date was she actually last known to be alive? What were her plans at that time?
Tracy’s mother is in her mid-70’s now, and I would really like to see resolution for her.
Gettysburg Times – July 11, 1975 – Available through NewspaperArchive
Gettysburg Times – July 13, 2010 – Available through NewspaperArchive