The Unsolved Murder of Tammy Zywicki

A young woman disappeared from the side of the road and is found murdered 500 miles away.

Jennifer Baldwin


Interstate 80 Illinois (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Roadtrips are a unique way to travel. It takes longer than a plane, but it allows the traveler to see the countryside, which is often so what so many people miss and never get to see. However, traveling along the nation's roads doesn't come without risks, especially if one is traveling alone.

Tammy Zywicki

Tammy Zywicki was a 21-year-old college student from Marlton, New Jersey. However, she was attending school at Grinnell College in Iowa. She was an accomplished soccer player and a photographer for the student newspaper. She had spent much of the summer of 1992 in Madrid, Spain, studying for her bachelor's degree in Spanish.

When Tammy returned home to her parent's house in New Jersey in August 1992, she was looking forward to returning to school to finish her senior year of college. It wasn't long before Tammy, and her brother left home to head back to their respective schools.

On the first leg of the trip, on August 23, 1992, the siblings rode together from New Jersey to Illinois. Tammy had plans to drop off her brother at Northwestern University before heading off to her own school in Iowa.

Concerns Begin to Arise

Tammy's parents, JoAnn and Hank Zywicki expected to get a phone call from their daughter later that night when she arrived at her school, but that call never came. They became concerned, but when Tammy's parents still had not heard from her the next morning, they began to panic.

JoAnn called Tammy's friend, Amy Fort, in Iowa. The two young women went to Grinnel College together, and Tammy's mother was hoping Amy knew of Tammy's whereabouts. However, Amy hadn't heard from her friend either and didn't know what had happened to her.


When no one had heard from Tammy, JoAnn decided it was time to call the Illinois State Police to report her daughter missing. The police soon realized the white 1985 Pontiac 1000 Hatchback a state trooper had found abandoned on the side of Interstate 80 in LaSalle County in Indiana the day before was likely…



Jennifer Baldwin

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