Diamond And Tionda Bradley Vanished In 2001

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said thousands of leads have come in over the years on this case, but the girls (now women) have never been located.

Diamond Bradley age-progressed to 23 years old [left] and Tionda Bradley age-progressed to 30 years old [right].

On July 6, 2001, authorities said Diamond Bradley, 3, and Tionda Bradley, 10, disappeared from their Chicago, IL home.

Photo by: NCMEC


By: Michelle Sigona

On July 6, 2001, authorities said Diamond Bradley, 3, and Tionda Bradley, 10, disappeared from their Chicago, IL home. At the time when the sisters went missing, their mother was at work, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) said.

FOX 32 reports that the girl's mother, Tracey Bradley, said her daughters were home when she left for work around 6:30 a.m. When Bradley returned around 1 p.m. to their third floor apartment, the children were missing. Reportedly, the girls' two other sisters, ages 12 and 9, were at their grandmother’s apartment.

Although the girls were treated as runaways in the beginning, authorities sprung into action and organized searches and scoured the area for clues.

The FBI reports Tionda, the older child, left a note behind for her mother that said the pair were going to the store and to the park to play. Bradley told USA Today, “I taught my kids damn well… and my kids wouldn’t up and just leave, and then leave a note." Reports said the grammar and information was not the way Tionda would write.

The FBI said Tionda Bradley had light complexion at the time of her disappearance, with a slim build. She had a burn scar on her left forearm, which was about the size of a quarter. At the time she vanished, Tionda was shy with strangers and she loved to dance and run track, an FBI poster said.

In 2019, a woman reportedly came forward and claimed she was one of the sisters. The information did not pan out, but that did not dim Bradley’s hopes of one day being reunited with her daughters. "I believe in my heart they’re still alive somewhere. I still have hope that Diamond and Tionda will return back home,” Bradley said.

In 2021, NCMEC produced age enhanced photos of what the women could look like today. If you have any information at all about this case, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children directly: 1-800-THE-LOST

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