COLD CASE ARREST: Man Arrested For The Murder Of Tammy Tracey

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As you know Rockford Scanner tries hard to bring awareness to cold cases, in hopes that families get justice.

Local police wont release information on cold cases, to Rockford Scanner.

But we try our hardest to bring awareness to cold cases, in hopes that someone comes forward with that 1 tip that will help bring closure to some cold cases.

Great news!  A man has been arrested for the cold case file of Tammy Tracey!

Update: The man who was arrested, Jesse Smith.
Has been transferred to Winnebago County and has court at 1:30 pm today. 


A man is in custody for the 1987 murder of Tammy Tracey. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced first degree murder charges against Jesse Smith (DOB: 5/4/1956).

In May of 1987, Tammy Tracey, 19, went to Searles Park to wax her car and was reported missing by her family when she failed to return home.

An investigation was launched and multiple agencies were involved including the Rockford Police Department, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police.

For almost a year law enforcement searched for Tammy Tracey to no avail.

On April 15, 1988 human remains were located in the Sugar River Forest Preserve. The remains were later identified through dental records as Tammy Tracey.

An autopsy was conducted and the pathologist determined she died as a result of a gunshot wound and a contributing factor to her death was a stab wound.

Smith was taken into custody late Thursday afternoon in Albany, Georgia and he will be extradited back to Illinois to face these charges.
The charges are merely allegations and Smith is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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