Left: Tammy circa 1984
Right: Age Progressed to age 36
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: November 13, 1984
Missing From: Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: February 23, 1976
Age: 8 years old
Weight: 70 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tammy has a left lazy eye
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A purple sweater, an aqua colored jersey with thin black and white stripes, a short tan jacket with blue sleeves, tan corduroy pants, tan suede boots, and green and blue socks. Tammy was last known to be carrying a red backpack with her name and house address on it
NCMEC Number: 600264
Details of Disappearance
Tammy Lynn Belanger was last seen on the morning of November 13th 1984. She was last seen as she walked to school in Exeter, New Hampshire. A neighbor reportedly saw her cross Court Street at approximately 8:00 am. She’s never been seen or heard from again. She never arrived to her school which was know as Lincoln Street School.
Tammy was reported missing later in the day. The delay in reporting her disappearance was due to the fact that school absences were not verified. This changed after her disappearance. Authorities immediately started searching for her.
Volunteers and many others joined the search for her, the extensive searches turned up no sign of Tammy. Many areas including a cemetery and a pond were searched in connection to her disappearance but nothing was found.
Authorities believe that Tammy was Miley abducted, a news paper made in the days after she vanished confirmed this belief. On December 27th 1984, authorities announced that they had a suspect in Tammy’s presumed abduction.
Victor George Wonyetye Jr. has been named as a suspect in her case. He was employed at a body shop that Tammy would’ve had to pass to get to school. He also had a booklet that contained photos of young girls. Authorities found a photo of Tammy that was distributed after her disappearance in the booklet.
Victor has a known record for sex crime against females. His criminal record dates back to when he was in his teens. He’s been convicted for burglary and imprisoned for larceny and sexual assaults. He is also considered a prime suspect in the 1984 Florida abduction of Marjorie Christina Luna. She vanished from Greenacres, FL when she was walking home from a supermarket. Victor was in the area and was spotted outside the store when Marjorie was leaving.
Victor has not been charged with either case. No evidence has been found to connect him to either girl. He was sentenced to serve 75 years for Burglary and indecent exposure in Florida. At his trial, some inmates claimed that Victor confessed to abducting and killing both Tammy and Marjorie in 1984. The claims were not proven.
He was released from prison in 2012 and died months later. He was never charged with the girls’ cases.
Tammy remains missing and her case is unsolved. Authorities suspect that she was abducted while on her way to school. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Exeter Police Department 603-772-1212