Unsolved Case #9
Reference Number 00-2

Tamara (Tami) Eve Tignor, who was 23 years old, was found brutally beaten, sexually assaulted, and strangled by ligature at 4:45 pm on November 4, 1997. Her body was found dumped in a clearing on a hiking and ATV trail in a wooded area on the back part of Washington Rock Park in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater Township in West Central New Jersey. The road closest to where her body was dumped is named Gilbride Road and is a lightly traveled road less than two miles long. Her body was found in a turn-around area in a cul-de-sac, off of this road.

At the time of her murder, it is believed she was taken from Newark, New Jersey, approximately 20 to 40 miles from where her body was found. She was abducted from Newark and it is believed murdered at a location different from where her body was found. She was a Caucasian female, 5'2" tall, with below the shoulder length, thick, medium brown hair with blonde streaks. She weighed between 90 to 100 pounds, very petite, with bright blue eyes, and two tattoos, one on her left wrist of a rose and vine bracelet, and a small peacock on her right front hip area.

She had addiction problems in the past but it is unclear whether this had anything to do with her demise. If this were the case, detectives believe she would have been killed and dumped in the Newark area, not transported that distance. According to the papers, she was wearing a blue pair of pants and a white top and blue jacket. This has not been confirmed by the police, who would not release this information to me, along with most information that is asked for. No one in the area reported seeing anything out of the norm that morning. Although it is not an unpopulated area, there are a few homes in the woods close by. The spot is a favorite of locals to fish and hike at. You would have to be from the area to know where this area is located, as it is hidden away and unnoticeable. It is also believed that she was murdered in the late morning hours of November 4, 1997, between 5 and 8 am, although her body was not found until 4:45 pm by a man riding his ATV on the trail.

There is no other pertinent information regarding a suspect or vehicle, although there is a possible suspect that is presently incarcerated on other charges. As of this time, he has not been charged in Tamara's death.

If you have any information that may help to find Tamara's murderer, please contact:

Detective Robert Bradley
Bridgewater Police Department
Criminal Investigation Unit
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Phone: 908.725.6491

Anonymous Tip Line:
BridgewaterPD.com/tipline
1.908.725.6491

If you have any information that may help solve this case, please contact the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. at 1-888-818-7662 or by email at natlpomc@pomc.org. Be sure to include the reference number in any and all correspondence.

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The National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc.
4960 Ridge Avenue, Suite # 2
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209
1.513.721.5683
1.888.818.7662
natlpomc@pomc.org