Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Murder of Tyliah Young


Tyliah Young (22) was found murdered in Tacoma, Washington on January 13th, 2013. That afternoon, a local homeowner called police after spotting the body of a female in an alleyway near S. 12th and Ainsworth. When authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered that the victim's body was frozen - and there were pools of frozen blood surrounding the young woman. The woman was later identified as Tyliah - a young mother who had been reported missing just two days earlier. Her case marked the first homicide in Tacoma that year. 

Tyliah's father reported her missing on January 11th after the family had not seen or heard from her for several days. Tyliah was raising two young daughters, and it was unusual for her to fall out of touch. Her loved ones were inevitably devastated when they learned she had been found dead. Tyliah's cause of death was even more disturbing: she had been shot several times in the head. Police labeled her death as a homicide.

Tacoma detectives initially remained quiet about the investigation, and the case seemingly went cold. Then, in 2015, the detectives appealed to the public for help with solving Tyliah's murder. At that point, it was revealed that detectives had chased several leads and had a few possible suspects, but they still wanted more information. Tacoma detective Loretta Cool told reporters, "we've worked a couple of possible different suspects and hopefully it's just going to take that one additional tip that gets us what we need in order to make an arrest." Cool also stated that detectives specifically wanted information about who Tyliah was with and what she was doing between the dates of January 5th and January 13th. 

Since then, there have been very few updates on the investigation into Tyliah's murder. No suspects or persons of interest have been publicly named, and the case remains unsolved. There is a monetary reward available for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of Tyliah's killer(s). If you have any information that could help the investigation, please submit a tip. 

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