Thirty years after a Chattanooga teenager disappeared, the Hamilton County District Attorney says he plans to reopen the case.

In 1989, 15-year-old Tonetta Carlisle disappeared on her way to school.


An investigation by police and private citizen groups launched after reports of an abduction surfaced. However, reports of sightings both locally and in distant cities have proven invalid.

Police say a possible suspect in the case committed suicide not long after her disappearance.

Channel 3 spoke to Chattanooga detectives in 2009 who said they were hopeful someone might come forward with valuable information.

“A lot of times in cases that you don’t have leads in when the case is fresh because people don’t want to come forward, sometimes whatever that fear was that held them back has dissipated or they have had a change of heart,” Detective Joe Shaw told Channel 3.

The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office will make an announcement on Thursday.

We are told Tonetta's family will attend.

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