Tammy Kingery: Missing from South Carolina since 2014

Tammy Kingery

Todd Kohlhepp has been arrested for the murder of Charlie Carver, and the kidnapping of Kala Brown. Kohlhepp also confessed to the killing of 4 other people in the Superbike Murders near Chesnee.   Many on social media are theorizing that Kohlhepp is probably responsible for other crimes, like the disappearance of Tammy Kingery.  We now know that Kohlhepp had gone to the Superbike store to learn how to ride a motorcycle in 2003.  Did Kohlhepp later buy a bike, and is it possible it was him that was on the bike that Tammy’s daughter thought she saw her riding on the back of?  The police should go back to their files on Tammy and see if one of the men that Tammy was talking to could have been Kohlhepp.

UPDATE:  4/2/16 – Posted on Tammy’s “Search for Tammy Russell Kingery” Facebook page: “We learned today that the episode of “Disappeared” featuring Tammy’s case will premiere: May 2nd (5/2/2016) at 10pm EST on Investigation Discovery. (Check your local cable provider for the channel # for iD). The network will undoubtedly re-air Tammy’s episode – as early as the day after the premiere.”  Check out this video.

UPDATE:  10/14/15 – Park Kingery said today that even with all of the ground that’s already been covered, there is still one place that still has not been searched, the water.  Park Kingery says there are several bodies of water within walking distance from their home and none of them have been searched.

“I just can’t believe that we really don’t know any more than the day that she left. I mean, we really don’t know any more than that day, and that’s been Hell, actually,” Park Kingery shared.

According to News Channel 6,  a spokesperson with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they have not put divers in the water. News Channel 6 also stated they talked with SLED, who directed all of their questions to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, which is the lead in this investigation.

Original Story:  Tammy Kingery, 37, from North Augusta, SC has not been seen since Sept. 20, 2014.

Park Kingery, her husband said that she was not feeling well so he picked her up from work and she went to bed.  He left their house on Mealing Rd. with the kids and when they came back she had left a note she had gone for a walk.  He was concerned as she has gone through depression.

“Her cell phone was still there, her purse was still there, she didn’t take nothing with her,” Park Kingery said.

Tammy`s father, Phillip Russell, said he didn’t think she committed suicide, although she may have been unhappy.  He also said, since the rescue parties haven`t been able to find her in a 10 mile radius of dense woods she may be alive.  

Park took a polygraph test and he stated it came back questionable.  Please click her to read more about Polygraph tests and what they mean.  

Also police looked through Tammy’s phone and found “romantic” text messages from someone.  They would not elaborate more than that.

There doesn’t seem to be any definite anything from the people closest to her.  She is stated to be depressed but nothing from the police to confirm this scenario.  Dad called her unhappy and not depressed.  Did she walk away?  Well, if she did you would have thought she would not have taken a house key or her phone.  If she was not planning on coming back, whether suicide or running away, she would not have taken either.   The last thorough search seems to have been in December 2014.  No mention of SAR or cadaver dogs used in the search.  If the dogs had been used at her house and had tracked her out the door and down the road there would be more to go on, but I have found nothing that states that was ever done.  If you also note the flyer states she was wearing a backpack and seen walking away from the home.  I do not know if this is witness information the police obtained or not.  

This is one of those missing stories that has little information to go on.  Where you have some police departments that let the media know everything, you have others that keep their information to themselves.  Usually that is because they know something they cannot share with the media or public.  Your guess is as good as mine what they could be – Jerrie, MPofA.

Another thing to consider is that Tammy’s daughter stated she saw her mom on the back of a motorcycle that day.  A neighbor stated they heard a motorcycle in the neighborhood.  There was also some questions about the messages on her cell phone.  Records showed that she had been texting two men, and indicated a romantic relationship.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office at 803-275-7608.

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