Tracy Ann Byrd Missing since March 7, 1983 from Bensalem, Bucks County
Vital Statistics Date of Birth: July 7, 1968 Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old Height: 5'0" Weight: 95 lbs Hair Color: Strawberry-blonde Eye Color: blue Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears Clothing: a shirt and jeans Dentals: partial dental records are available DNA: available
Case Details Tracy was last seen by her mother's then-boyfriend, Paul Greenwald, who was dropping her off at school in Bensalem Twp on March 7, 1983. Tracy never attended classes that day and she has not been seen since.
Seven months after Tracy's disappearance, her mother, Jean Louise Byrd, also disappeared. Jean's partially clothed, decomposed body was located on October 18, 1983, in Blackbird State Forest in New Castle County, Delaware. Heavy-duty tape had been wrapped around her mouth and face. Cause of death was asphyxiation. Paul Greenwald, who Jean had broken off her relationship with prior to her disappearance, was arrested in 1984 and charged in Jean's death. He pled guilty to manslaughter. Officials questioned him, hoping to elicit information about Tracy's disappearance, but Greenwald admitted to nothing. Greenwald was never charged in connection with Tracy's disappearance. He was found dead in his cell in 1986, just a day before he was to be sentenced.
It was rumored that Tracy may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance, but that rumor has never been substantiated.
On January 24, 1988, the remains of an unidentified white female were found in a subterranean vault on the site of the former Publicker Industries. DNA comparison has determined that the Publicker remains are not those of Tracy.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact:
Bensalem Police Department Detective Chris McMullin 215-639-3700