Police probe December disappearance of Phoenix woman

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Tanya Mendis

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 10:30 AM

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police served a search warrant at the home of a woman who was reported missing in December in an effort to further the investigation.

Tamara Jo Stackhouse, 57, was reportedly last seen late in the evening on Saturday, Nov. 30 and reported missing by her husband the following day. She had left without her vehicle, purse, wallet, credit cards, ID and cellphone.

Family members said they didn't find her disappearance suspicious at first because she suffered from depression and had previously disappeared for weeks at a time.

Stackhouse hasn't spoken to any of her adult children, siblings or elderly mother in the past seven months, according to police. She also missed her own birthday, major holidays and a family funeral. The family said her absence at these events is out of character.

Police said they recently received a call from a family member that led them to seek a search warrant for the home near 56th Street and Acoma Drive, where Stackhouse lived with her husband and 16-year-old son.

Police said a forensic review is proceeding for multiple computers and storage devices. Detectives also noted changes to Stackhouse's bedroom, which she did not share with her husband.

"It created an environment in which it was difficult for us to do some forensic work -- repainting of the home and some of those things," said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump. "Her room specifically had some changes made to it that we thought were unusual."

Police said Stackhouse's husband and son are cooperating with the investigation.

There was an abuse case with Child Protective Services involving Stackhouse and her 16-year-old son, according to police.

"With her missing and us suspecting at this point that there could be foul play, everything is a lead," Crump said when asked if the family is believed to be involved in Stackhouse's disappearance. "But we wouldn't call anybody a suspect until you had something to point at them."

Anyone with information about Stackhouse or her whereabouts is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department Family Investigations Bureau or Silent Witness.

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