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Police reopen cold case after 21 years

Why Police Are Reopening a Cold Case After 21 Years


It was Sept. 17, 1992. 14-year-old Misty Copsey and a friend were dropped off at the Puyallup fair. They were supposed to take the bus home but they missed it.

Misty called her mom and said she would get a ride with a friend – but she never came home. Later that year, police found Misty's pants, underwear and socks off Highway 410 near Enumclaw but after that, the trail went cold.

'It's heart wrenching. No one wants their loved one to be missing for this long and not be able to know what happened to them,' said Detective Don Bourbon.

Puyallup Police are now re-opening the case asking anyone who went to the fair that September to look through their pictures and home videos.

'We're hoping people will say they were there that night and took some pictures of their family. She may be in the background or someone she's with may be in the background,' said Detective Bourbon.

After 21 years, Misty's mother is hopeful this new phase of the investigation will help solve her daughter's disappearance.

'Somebody that saw Misty if they recognize her and saw her getting into a car or anything they could tell us it would help,' said Diane Smith, Misty's mother.

Police say there are currently no persons of interest in the case, although they did polygraph and question an 18-year-old male friend of Misty's who they believe she called for a ride home. Her mother still feels that he knows what happened to her daughter.

'I want him caught and he knows who he is. She was very bright, very funny very talented. She can't just be thrown away and forgotten about,' said Smith.

Photos and videos police are seeking would include other fair-goers in the images that were not with your known party or family. The main musical attraction for the evening was Huey Lewis & The News.

Any information can be emailed to Detective D. Bourbon (donb@ci.puyallup.wa.us) or mailed to 311 W. Pioneer Puyallup, WA 98371: Attention Detective Bourbon.

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Mary Beth December 29 2013 at 2:58 PM

How did her friend get home? Why wasn't she with her?

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fun4holly December 29 2013 at 6:21 PM

Wondering how is it that they are re-opening this case 21 years later? Could they have not asked the public for any photos a little sooner? Prayers to her poor family

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Roberta December 29 2013 at 6:36 PM

Who writes these stories? What happened to the friend, They should have all their facts before they attempt toi write a news story. They were suppose to take a bus home, they missed it. Why are they just talking about Misty, what about her friend?

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LolaMarie Roberta December 29 2013 at 6:47 PM

Her friend made it home

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Allison Roberta December 29 2013 at 6:55 PM

Valid point. How did the friend get home or is the friend missing, too? Certainly, if the friend got home okay, that friend knows who Misty was with. And, not to be a Debbie Downer but I really don't believe there is much likelihood of getting photos from the fair on that date. 1992 was long before camera phones and most people don't carry cameras with them to local fairs. Hopefully someone remembers some useful information.

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SUPERMOM Allison December 29 2013 at 7:09 PM

allison, I disagree, 1992 was when camcorders were gaining big time in popularity and people with children were definitely taking cameras and camcorders to the fair. My only question is why didn't the police make this request in 1992? And I agree with the other people who are saying what about the friend. The friend knows something, and think about it, she was 14? and she had an 18 year old male friend? Sounds like there's a lot more to this story than what this article is providing.

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Kate Allison December 29 2013 at 8:41 PM

Not necessarily. The friend may have decided to walk home before whoever Misty called for a ride showed up. She may also have left before Misty made the phone call, so never knew whom she had called.

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LolaMarie December 29 2013 at 6:48 PM

Hope they friend this low life piece of trash cause he is walking around with us our kids and our teens. Think about it.

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kvgianakos LolaMarie December 29 2013 at 7:05 PM

you want them to friend him? Like on facebook?

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aaldrew kvgianakos December 29 2013 at 7:43 PM

I'm sure she meant FIND.

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bpgreen45 December 29 2013 at 7:16 PM

Obviously this is the right time to get the facts they need to solve this case because nothing is by chance. I hope the right people see this message.

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mcderm767 December 29 2013 at 7:28 PM

I have copyrighted a Cancer Network Television channel but we also need a 24/7 Missing Person's Channel so the person below, whose Aunt is missing, gets the same amount of coverage as everyone else. Where there are people there are witnesses.

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VivaVera Lives December 29 2013 at 8:07 PM

what a shame. So young. Catch whoever it was, No trial. Execute. So many evil people in the world today. .

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Kate VivaVera Lives December 29 2013 at 8:37 PM

If anyone ever accused you of a crime this horrible, you'd be okay with no trial and just being executed?

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wassup Kate December 30 2013 at 12:23 AM

she's russian

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ST Andrew .com December 30 2013 at 2:35 AM

God took her straight to heaven. The killer will answer to god bad Karma.
And,.to the family. You will see her one day.

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bettsy620 December 29 2013 at 9:05 PM

Misty was one of my best friends back then. We played basketball on the same team and I am still haunted all these years by her disappearance after all these years. If anyone knows anything please come forward so her family can have peace. I will continue to pray for her family. I have soo many fond memories of my time with her. Please do not post nasty comments on here about her. You don't know her and everyone has a right to know what happened to their loved ones when they go missing. How would you feel if she was your friend or relative?

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luongo115 bettsy620 December 29 2013 at 9:54 PM

I am sorry for the loss of your friend and the suffering her family has faced for 21 years. I hope they are able to come to a conclusion and find some answers!!

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mspat1001 bettsy620 December 30 2013 at 7:14 AM

Bettsy - What did her friend say happened? She was with a friend that day.

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cdarrellgzmryz December 29 2013 at 9:13 PM

"It was Sept. 17, 1992. 14-year-old Misty Copsey and a friend were dropped off at the Puyallup fair."

OK. So, what does the friend have to say about this? The article doesn't say!

Lousey reporting.

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