Tavish Sutton

Left: Composite image of Tavish at age 4

Right: Age Progressed to age 17

Reason: There were no photos of Tavish taken at the time of his abduction and none are available


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: March 9, 1993

Missing From: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: February 10, 1993

Age: 3 weeks old

Height and Weight: 2’0 and 8 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: African American Male, Black hair, Brown eyes, Tavish was recuperating from a minor surgery for treatment of abcess at the time of his abduction and he required medical care for his condition and he has a quarter inch surgical scar on his buttock

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white flower-print Tshirt and had Grady tags on his wrist and ankle

NCMEC Number: 778561


Details of Disappearance

Tavish Sutton disappeared from Atlanta, Georgia on March 9th 1993. He was went missing from the Hughes Spaulding pediatric unit of Grady Memorial Hospital. He has been admitted there as a patient and had undergone a minor surgery over the weekend.

Tavish was inside of a slightly private room in the ward on the day of his disappearance. He was last seen at approximately 6:45 am when a nurse checked on him in his room. His room was checked again at 7:00 am but he was not there and had disappeared.

At the time of Tavish’s disappearance, he was in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. His mother was being treated for schizophrenia in a mental institution when her son vanished. She was unaware that he was in the hospital at the time of his presumed abduction.

She and other members of the family have been eliminated as suspects in the child’s abduction. Her parental rights to her three other children had been terminated by the DCS by the time Tavish disappeared and they were trying to terminate her rights to the baby as well. He has been in there custody since the week after he was born and was originally placed with a foster family.

Investigators believe that a woman who may have been posing as pregnant had taken Tavish to raise on her own. They believe she lived within the state and possibly in proximity to the hospital that he was being treated in. Investigators do not know who took the child but believe someone who was a stranger to the child took him.

Tavish’s case remains unsolved and his whereabouts a mystery. In March of 1995, his mother sued the hospital over his abduction and natter was settled out of court for $600,000.


Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Atlanta Police Department 404-853-3400

Federal Bureau of Investigation 202-324-3000


Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network

NamUs

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