TDoR 1999 / 1999 / March / 30 / Tracy Thompson (aka Tracy Turner, Billy Joe Turner)


Tracy Thompson (aka Tracy Turner, Billy Joe Turner)

Age 33

30 Mar 1999
Cordele, Georgia (USA)
Beaten

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Tracy Thompson (aka Tracy Turner, Billy Joe Turner)
Tracy Thompson (aka Tracy Turner, Billy Joe Turner) [photo: www.ajc.com]

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.

https://www.41nbc.com/2015/08/12/middle-georgia-cold-cases-murder-of-the-transgender-traveler/

https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/cold-case-transgender-murder-rural-georgia-baffles-police/zHqHya4WHjfAAHYd2vAW2L/

Report added: 22 Dec 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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