Left and Right: Wallace circa, 1983
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: January 10, 1983
Missing From: Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: March 24, 1980
Age: 2 years old
Height and Weight: 3’0″ and 35 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Asian and African American) Male, Black hair, Brown eyes, Wallace is of Korean descent
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pair of purple corduroy overalls, a dark blue vest, a dark blue down jacket with a red collar, a gray knitted skullcap hat, and cowboy boots
NCMEC Number: 601608
Details of Disappearance
Wallace Guidroz was last seen in Tacoma, Washington on January 10th 1983. He and his father, Stanley Guidroz, visited the Point Defiance Park in the area that day. Wallace was playing with a female child who was there with her mother at the pond. Stanley claimed that he left Wallace with the two of them while he walked around the duck pond with a man who he naturally believed to be the girls father.
The two apparently shared a beer. When Stanley returned to the area, his son as well as the two females were gone. The man said he would help Guidroz look for his son, he said they should split up to try to find him faster. They both split up but Stanley stated the man never came back. He searched for two hours before calling the police from a local pay phone at approximately 7:42 pm.
Sketches of the couple were made, the man is described as a white male, standing at 6 feet, and had a medium build, he was in his late 20s to early 30s, he had shoulder length sandy brown hair, and had a mustache and beard, he was also reportedly wearing a baseball cap at the time. The woman is described as being in her early to mid 20s, she was also caucasian, she stood at 5’2″ and weighed approximately 115 to 120 pounds, she had light blonde hair that went just below her shoulders and she was also said to have long eyelashes.
The young girl that Wallace was playing with was described as being 2 or 3 years old, white, and had long blonde hair. Authorities would like to find and question these individuals regarding Wallace’s disappearance. After his case became public, a woman phoned authorities and stated that she and her children were at the park on the same day that Wallace and his father were there. She stated that the same couple attempted to abduct her children twice. Her statement has not been confirmed.
In 2011, Stanley stabbed his wife, Pepettra Guidroz to death and drove her body to a city which was 100 of miles away from his home in Louisiana and confessed the crime to police there. Stanley was said to be abusive towards her and the couple oftentimes got into arguments. They were married for 8 years until her murder.
Stanley was charged with 2nd degree murder in Pepettra’s murder and in August of 2012 plead guilty to the charges. Pepettra is not Wallace’s mother.
Wallace’s disappearance revived after Stanley killed his wife. He was never ruled out in the investigation by Washington authorities. Stanley gave authorities a hint as to where Wallace’s remains may lie. As a result of this, authorities and investigators dug in a waterfront area along Ruston Way In Tacoma. His body was not found in the location.
Wallace’s case has since been classified as a homicide investigation and the medical examiners office issued a death certificate for the boy. The cause of death was said to be blunt force trauma to the head. His death labeled as a homicide.
Stanley was then charged with manslaughter in Wallace’s presumed death in 2011. He confessed that he and the child did in fact do to the park that day but returned home. Stanley stayed that he lashed out at Wallace because he was fussing in his high chair. Wallace allegedly fell from his high chair and hit his head. He apparently died.
Although investigators believed that Stanley was responsible for Wallace’s disappearance, they had to drop the charges as there is no evidence that Stanley killed Wallace or had anything to do with his disappearance. There is nothing to support the prosecutors case.
Wallace’s disappearance remains unsolved. In 1985, his mother, Chom, divorced from Stanley and moved to Illinois where she died in 1997 at the age of 37. Wallace has never been located and foul play is suspected. Authorities believe his body might not be recoverable. His case continues to be listed as a non family abduction.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Tacoma Police Department 253-591-5940