How do people just disappear? That just always floors me that a person can go missing to never be heard of again. Oh, but it happens. Unfortunately, it happens more often than we would like to admit.

Scrolling through the internet recently I came across the name Monica Lynn Appleton. She went missing back on October 13, 1999. That seems like a lifetime ago. It really has been forever. She disappeared without a trace and has never been found.

She was last seen in Amarillo by her mother in the vicinity of the 100 block of northeast 9th Avenue in northwest Amarillo. Her mom wanted her to go back with her to Pampa, where they both lived. She stayed behind. She has not been seen since.

Her mom said the last time she saw Monica she seemed frightened about something. Her mom never found out what had her upset. Monica left behind two kids that ended up growing up without a mother.

Monica had gone through a divorce just a year before she disappeared. There is talk that she then went down the wrong path. She ended up around some sketchy people. She was around the drug and prostitution lifestyle. Which many believe lead to her disappearance.

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The guy she was hanging around, Ivory Tealer, otherwise known as T and even T Baby, was interviewed but said he didn't have any information to offer investigators. He then refused to talk anymore about the case. That is a bit sketchy as well.

Following up on this story I found where her mom received a phone call back in 2000 telling her that Monica was dead. That she was murdered and her body was disposed of at a hog farm. No evidence was ever found to support this theory. The guy who called said that her body would never be found.

That is probably the one thing that we do know. Her body has never been found which just leaves us with more questions. Where is Monica Lynn Appleton? Why is she gone? Why would she leave her family? Will she ever be found?

Her family would love to know what happened. They would love some closure one way or another.

The Missing 18 People From the Texas Panhandle

These are the 18 people from the Amarillo area who have gone missing and have not yet been found. The cases are listed from most recent to oldest. Please take a look and see if you recognize any faces. Any information is helpful for investigators and the families missing them.

If you know anything about the following missing people, please call Amarillo Police Department at (806) 378-3038 You may make an anonymous tip.

Information gathered from the Amarillo Police Department, Charley Project, TXDPS, and NAMUS.

Amarillo's Most Wanted: Help Bring These Fugitives to Justice

These are the fugitives who make up Amarillo's Most Wanted list. The individuals on this list have been accused of serious crimes and are considered a danger to society.

If you have any information about these FUGITIVES, you are urged to call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at (806) 374-4400 or submit a Web Tip by visiting THIS LINK


You do not have to give your name. AMARILLO CRIME STOPPERS will pay a reward of up to $300 and you WILL remain anonymous. 

Updated as of 6/18/2022

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