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Tammy Zywicki


21-year-old Tammy Zywicki was an ambitious, upbeat, creative young woman who was about to start her senior year of college. She dreamed of being a professional sports photographer, or a Spanish teacher — she wasn't sure yet.


But in August 1992, Tammy was driving back to college after summer break when she had car trouble on the highway. The next day, her vehicle was found abandoned on I-80 outside Utica, Illinois. A week after that, she was found dead, 500 miles away. Although it’s been over 30 years since Tammy’s murder, investigators believe that with new technology, her case can be solved.


If you have any information about Tammy Zywicki’s murder, please call the Illinois State Police at 815-726-6477.





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