Toya moved away from her family on March 24, 1982. They had been living in the Lafayette Houses, a public housing project in the 200 block of south Spring Street in Baltimore. After school, her mother let her play outside and gave her a snack.

About 6:15 p.m., Toya’s mom left the house. Toya, meantime, walked the two blocks to the supermarket at the intersection of Gough Street and south Caroline Street. She met her mother’s ex-boyfriend and one of his male friends outside the store and struck up a conversation with them.

One time Toya was supposed to return from the store mysteriously vanished without a trace. She wasn’t supposed to go, but she told her sister she was going while their mother was out so she could purchase candy. This was the first time she had ever defied her mother, and she was described as a calm, well-behaved youngster who had won prizes at school for regular attendance and participation in school activities.

Toya’s mother returned around 7:30, but she wasn’t there. There has been contact with her again.

In 1982, when Toya was in the third grade at City Springs Elementary, the school year was a leap year. Her family consisted of her mother, two brothers, and a sister. Three days after she went missing, she was scheduled to be the flower girl at her mother’s wedding.

Annette Stanley first thought her ex-boyfriend had abducted Toya to get back together with Stanley. She kept pressing him for information regarding Toya, but he insisted he didn’t have her and couldn’t provide any.

Stanley claimed she followed through with the wedding as planned in the hopes that her ex-boyfriend would relinquish custody of Toya. She reconciled with her ex-boyfriend and eventually wed him after her first marriage failed. She claimed she acted this way because she was convinced he had information on where Toya was.

After being married for just a few short months, Stanley again abandoned her husband. In other words, he has passed away.

Stanley is still around, and she plans to stay that way as long as she can in the hopes of tracking down her missing daughter. Toya’s case is clouded by a lack of information, however it is believed that she was murdered.

Investigating Agency

Baltimore Police Department

  • 410-396-2334
  • 443-984-7114
  • 410-396-2284

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