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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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Barack Obama December 30 2013 at 8:59 AM

I never saw an American city with such a bizarre name. Where did they come up with that one? Reopening a case that was never closed for no apparent reason is sort of wierd. What's the reason? Something new?

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shelly.shelly1 December 30 2013 at 10:27 AM

Native AMERICAN city names.

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endmill44 December 30 2013 at 7:51 AM

Why is it they always say re-open a case on something when its not solved..

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rconti5775 December 30 2013 at 7:29 AM

I don't understand why the girlfriend isn't mentioned - did she get home okay? where was she? what did she witness?

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believeudo December 30 2013 at 5:49 AM

Wow, what a bummer. Hope they find something! Wonder what her friend said, ref her not riding the bus...who did she ride with, and who did this young lady ride with...something is not adding up...

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hyunbyung7 December 30 2013 at 4:46 AM

correction: what did the friend that was with her have to say ?

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rconti5775 December 30 2013 at 7:30 AM

thank you - I asked this question before reading your entry -

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hyunbyung7 December 30 2013 at 4:44 AM

what did the friend that was with say ?

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rich December 30 2013 at 4:11 AM

If it had been my daughter I would have interogated the 18 yr.old
a little bit more agressively than the police did.(just a little)
It is too bad that the likes of Nancy Peloshi and Hilary Clinton
have outlawed water boarding because it is so inhumane
but then again we do have to keep in mind that the poor people
who commit these crimes have rights and we sure would not
want to deny them.
There are times that the only justice is street justice!!!!

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Barry December 30 2013 at 8:09 AM


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rlmcanoe December 30 2013 at 3:51 AM

I hope that if someone where there at the fair, they come forward with any pictures they might have, maybe the 18 yrs old is saying he was not there, and maybe someone has a pic of him to show he was lieing, I can't imagine the pain this family has gone through for so many years, and if it were my daughter, I would also want some answers, it would be a miracle if she was captive in someones home for all this time like the other girls that were finally saved. hope you get some answers

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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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will2dmax December 30 2013 at 2:04 AM

I don't believe for one minute this girl is still alive I belive she was probably killed that day.They said they found her underware on the side of the highway HELLO..... what theys hould be doing is tearing about that counrty side looking for her body,and investagating every carney that work that fest..

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