September 17, 1992 was the last time 19-year-old Tammy Haas, from Yankton, SD was seen alive. Nearly a week later, her body was found in a ravine near Crofton, Nebraska. The cause of her death: a broken neck. For 21 years, her family has been waiting for answers, hoping someone would come forward.
Tammy had attended a party with Eric Stukel that night, but witnesses say the two left around 11 pm. Stomach contents showed that she died sometime around 12:30 am, though both Eric and his sister claim Tammy left their house on foot, sometime after 1 am. A witness claimed that a drunken Eric confessed to "killing a girl," but his testimony was stricken from the record.
Eric Stukel was charged with manslaughter, but found not guilty in 1995 due to lack of evidence. Most of the confusion seems to be surrounding the question of whether Tammy died in Nebraska or South Dakota, with the area being right on the border.
What really happened to Tammy Haas? Was there an accident, or was she murdered? Her family has been waiting for answers for more years than their daughter was alive. Nancy Haas says she never really thought she was angry, but admitted that she, in fact, is when she thinks that her grandchildren will never know their aunt.
It's been long enough for the Haas family. They deserve to have the answers to their questions and to have justice for Tammy.