Tracy Thompson (aka Tracy Turner, Billy Joe Turner)Age 33
30 Mar 1999
Cordele, Georgia (USA)
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Tracy died from head injuries, most likely caused by a baseball bat.
Before daybreak on March 30, 1999, Tracey Thompson stumbled up to a house in tiny Seville, Ga. and banged on the door. Bleeding from the head, she asked for water, a blanket and a place to rest. The residents called 911 and some 10 hours after Thompson arrived at a local hospital she was dead.
Eighteen years later, her killing remains unsolved. Authorities are still searching for a break in the case which, at the time, attracted national attention because Thompson — also known as Billy Joe Turner — was transgender.
On a dirt road about a half mile from the farmhouse where Thompson sought help, authorities found blood and shattered pieces of a baseball bat. But it didn’t lead them to the killer.
A drifter known to hitchhike across Georgia’s interstates and spend time at truck stops, Thompson lived on the fringes. She had a long criminal history for non-violent charges such as criminal trespass and drunken driving and served some time in prison for theft, Weathersby said.