Tina Marie Finley
Finley, approximately 1988
Date reported missing : 03/07/1988
Missing location (approx) :
Benewah County, Idaho
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/25/1962 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3 - 5'7, 135 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gray jacket, brown slacks and high heels.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Native American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Finley is a Coeur d'Alene Indian.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Finley was last seen on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Benewah County, Idaho during the evening hours of March 7, 1988. She was near Tensed, Idaho and Plummer, Idaho at the time of her disappearance.
She went to the Circle H Saloon and a man there said he gave her a ride to Plummer, dropping her off a quarter of a mile from her home. The man later passed a polygraph in connection with Finley's disappearance. She has never been heard from again. It was raining heavily in the area on the night Finley vanished.
Shortly after she vanished, Finley's purse, identification card and shoes were found on the side of U.S. Highway 95, which bisects the reservation. Authorities found some of her other belongings in an abandoned house and car in DeSmet, Idaho, and her jacket in a home in Plummer. Foul play is suspected in her case.
Finley led a troubled life prior to her disappearance; she has six siblings and her family split up due to alcoholism. Finley and her siblings were put in foster homes, but Finley ran away from hers to Washington and then to California. Eventually she came to live with her uncle.
She held several jobs and was considering enrolling at North Idaho College at the time of her disappearance. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
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Benewah County Sheriff's Office
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Idaho Bureau of Criminal Investigation
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