Left and Center: Tracy circa 1983
Right: Age Progressed to age 48
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: March 7, 1983
Missing From: Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: July 7, 1968
Age: 14 years old
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tracy’s ears are pierced, Tracy may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance but this has not been confirmed
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A shirt and jeans
NCMEC Number: 600609
Details of Disappearance
Tracy was last seen on March 7th of 1983. Her mother’s live-in boyfriend dropped her off at Bensalem High School. She was a ninth grader at the school. She was suspended from the school at the time and was not permitted to enter the school and classes until her mother met with the principal. This was kept a secret from her family.
Tracy attempted to get her friends to skip school with her soon after being dropped off but they refused the offer. Tracy disappeared afterwards and was never seen or heard from again. Tracy’s case was initially investigated as that of a runaway child. The runaway theory was supported by sightings of Tracy in the local area soon after her disappearance. Authorities have not substantiated these sightings and its possible that a girl resembling Tracy was sighted.
Tracy has actually run away from home prior to her disappearance but only stayed away from home for one night. This was the only time she had done this. Tracy did tell a friend at one point that she may have been pregnant but it’s unclear if this is actually true or who the father of the child could’ve been. Tracy dated two boys at the time.
Strangely, seven months after Tracy vanished, her mother, Jean Louise Byrd vanished. She was last seen on October 7th 1983 in her sons apartment complex in Bensalem Township. 11 days later, her body was found in Blackbird State Forest in New Castle County, Delaware.
Jean has stopped seeing Greenwald before her disappearance and death. The relationship between the two was troubled. In 1980, he abducted her at knifepoint. In 1984, he was charged with first degree murder in Jeans death. He confessed to her killing and was found guilty of manslaughter.
Greenwald killed himself in March of 1986 before being sentenced. He was found dead in his prison cell and had overdosed on some medication. Authorities had long suspected that Greenwald was involved in Tracy’s disappearance as he was one of the last people to see her alive before she disappeared. He was never linked to her case and is no longer believed to be involved. In fact authorities believe that a Bucks County man was potentially involved in the case. He has not been publicly identified.
Authorities do not believe that Tracy had runaway. She was close to her mother and would’ve returned home for her mother’s funeral if she was able to. Tracy’s case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Bensalem Township Police Department 215-639-3700