Tara Lossett Cossey was 12 years old in June, 1979. She lived with her family in San Pablo, California. She was a student at Juan Crespi Junior High School and was enjoying the start of the summer break.
On the morning of Wednesday, June 6, 1979, Tara’s mother, Pat, asked her to run an errand for her. Pat gave her daughter some money. He instructed her to purchase a bag of sugar from the nearby convenience store, Pirelli’s Liquors. Tara left home to walk the short distance to the Montalvin Shopping Center.
Tara bought a bag of sugar around 10:30 AM. The clerk watched as she left the shopping centre. This is the last sighting of Tara Cossey. The witness later reported seeing her in the Montalvin Shopping Centre.
Tara’s family contacted San Pablo Sheriff’s deputies in the afternoon when she did not return home. Officers investigated several people in the Montalvin Manor neighbourhood. The clerk at Pirelli’s Liquors confirmed the description of Tara. Unfortunately, all the leads proved fruitless, and no evidence has been found.
On Thursday, June 7, detectives used bloodhounds to trace the area near the Montalvin Shopping Centre. Police followed up on the leads but ultimately remained unsuccessful in tracing her. Her family said Tara didn’t have a history of running away and never talked to strangers. Few details are available about her disappearance and life before she went missing.
Some accused a local man Timothy Bindner. He was a suspect in five separate disappearances of young girls in California in the 1980s and 1990s. However, there is no evidence Bindner’s involvement in Tara’s disappearance. He maintained his innocence in all charges against him.
Tara was a Biracial (Native/Caucasian) with very long, straight black hair and brown eyes. She is of Choctaw descent. She was 4’11 and weighed 65 pounds. Tara was wearing cut-off jeans, a blue tank top with a red, long-sleeve shirt and thong sandals