Christine Markey, age 22, went missing from Oneida, New York in January 1993.
There are a good 20-30 articles archived on Christine’s disappearance, and the circumstances of her disappearance vary depending on which article you read.
The earliest articles, which were published in February 1993, portray it this way:
City police Sgt John Deschamps said Markey was last seen at 8:30am in the Elizabeth Street home she shared with a roommate. “It bothers me a lot”, said Tracy Taber, 22, now of Canastota. “We’ve been roommates for close to six years now. I don’t think she’s out gallivanting around. I think something’s going on. I think something’s happened.” Taber said she last saw Markey wearing stretch pants and a T-Shirt that Sunday morning. Taber, who left the apartment for only two hours, said the two of them were scheduled to go apartment hunting.
As more information was gathered by law enforcement, Christine’s roommate/girlfriend became a person of interest, and the circumstances were adjusted to reflect the following, as published in a later edition of the newspaper:
Police say Christine Markey and her live-in girlfriend, Tracy L. Taber, had an on-again off-again romance spanning a number of years. And although the couple kept many of their troubles to themselves, cops say their investigation showed the couple’s relationship was far from perfect.
So when Taber found out that Christine had secretly been dating Robert Mailloux–whom she met in a bar–for about a month, she was less than thrilled, to say the least.
Police say that the night before Christine Markey disappeared, Taber confronted Markey and her new boyfriend, Robert Mailloux, at a local Oneida, N.Y. bar near Phelps Street. Mailloux later told police that Taber said, “you’ll never see Chris again.” This was just hours after Mailloux says he witnessed the two women arguing–allegedly about his relationship with Markey–in their home.
In a statement to police, Mailloux says Markey and Taber yelled profanities at one another, while Mailloux and a male friend listened. After the argument at home, Markey and Mailloux went to a local bar and as they were leaving, Taber pulled up in her car and demanded that Markey get in. That was the last time Mailloux ever saw Markey.
The landlord let Markey’s boyfriend into her apartment, but no one was there.
Christine’s landlord told police that the next day she saw Christine enter her apartment at 474 Elizabeth St. in Oneida with Taber. But other than this, Markey has not been seen since the early morning hours of January 10, 1993.
This makes the “last seen” date January 11, based on the landlord’s sighting of Christine. This is relevant, because it is the difference between a Sunday and a Monday; a non-workday and a workday. A workday would not be a likely day for Christine and her girlfriend to go apartment hunting. Besides, the first article specifically states that Tracy last saw her on Sunday morning.
Given the statement of Christine’s male friend, that Tracy and Christine had an argument and he saw Christine leave a local bar with Tracy later that day, it certainly sheds doubt on Tracy’s credibility about the events. The statement that their landlord saw Christine and Tracy enter the apartment together on Monday morning hurts Tracy’s credibility even more.
On the other hand, the majority of articles and profiles of her case emphasize the argument that took place on January 10, in the implied context of a motive for her disappearance – but leave out the important fact that Christine was seen the next morning. The fact that Christine’s disappearance likely didn’t occur in the course of the January 10 argument lends some credence to Tracy’s innocence.
Tracy has always claimed she is innocent and has cooperated with investigators, from what news articles state. Christine’s male friend Robert Mailloux (aka Robert Gibson) was interviewed and cleared back in 1993, but Oneida police have indicated that they would like to speak with him again, but are unable to locate him.
NamUs indicates that there is no DNA available for Christine – if you know her family, please ask them to submit DNA through their local law enforcement agency, so that she can be more easily identified if they locate her deceased.
The only unidentified woman that jumped out at me was one that was found in multiple locations on the shore of Lake Ontario. Only an arm and a leg have been located, but she is estimated to be over 16 years old, and 5’2″ tall, which exactly matches Christine’s height. The bones are believed to have been there for years. This location is approximately one hour west of Oneida.
Without Christine’s DNA, there is no way to compare the two.
Christine and her girlfriend were both beautiful young ladies. I’m sure they struggled in 1993. Society just wasn’t quite there yet when it came to acceptance of gays, and the pressure led many lesbians to date men, even when their hearts weren’t in it. I’m truly sorry that she wasn’t able to see the change that coming just around the bend. I wish she could see the worldwide acceptance and support of her now.
Tracy and Christine