Crystal Ann Tymich was a beautiful 6 year old, who was described by her mother as fun-loving and high-spirited. Crystal loved video games and enjoyed spending time at arcades in the area. Crystal often traveled back and forth from her mother's home in Santa Monica, CA to her father's home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA with her three older brothers.
On June 30, 1994, 6 year old Crystal Ann Tymich spent the warm summer day playing outside near her father's home with her three older brothers. The group was near a neighbor's home competing in a childlike competition of who could throw a peach the furthest over a neighbor's home. Crystal's older brother, Jeffrey, specifically remembers when one of their parents or their grandmother called them back to their home. He explained in several interviews that the two other brothers started running back to their house, and when he followed, he glanced behind him and Crystal was not following. The last reported sighting of Crystal was sometime between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Crystal's worried family searched frantically around the neighborhood for just under an hour before calling the police and reporting their 6 year old daughter missing. From the very beginning, Crystal's case was labeled as an abduction, and she was considered to be an endangered missing child. Neighbors told police that they didn't notice anything unusual or suspicious in the area that day.
When the police arrive, a large-scale search begins, including neighbors, nearly 100 police officers, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Around this same time, a $10,000 reward is offered by the City Council, hoping for Crystal's safe and timely return. A localized tactical alert was placed that afternoon, demanding that all law enforcement officials who were on shift at the time stay on shift to help in the search efforts until the alert was canceled. The searches continued into the night, and the localized tactical alert was canceled at approximately 4:30 am on the morning of July 1st.
Unfortunately, there isn't much information available regarding the search efforts through the remainder of 1994 through 1995. A new reward of $25,000 was offered in March of 1996, pleading for someone to come forward with information around 9 months after Crystal was last seen. This reward, sadly, was terminated on May 5, 1996, as mentioned in the reward offer from that March, due to the reward not being collected.
Nothing further came to light in Crystal's case until 2005, other than generous actions that were taken by a local plumbing company who placed Crystal's poster on the back of their company trucks, in February of 1997.
Crystal's case gained the public's attention once again in August of 2005 when the search of a neighbor's home was conducted by countless law enforcement officials. The home, which is located directly across the street from where Crystal's family was living at the time of her disappearance, was thoroughly searched after a tip was placed regarding a 'suspicious burial of an animal' which reportedly took place shortly after Crystal was last seen. Unfortunately, the search of this home would only result in animal bones being found on the property.
Today, law enforcement officials continue looking for Crystal and spreading awareness about her case, and members of Crystal's family continue searching for their loved one. Today, there is a $10,000 reward that continues to be offered for any information that would lead to Crystal's return or to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for her disappearance.
At the time of her disappearance in 1994, Crystal Ann Tymich was 6 years old and was described as being 4' tall and weighing 60lbs, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Crystal was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt, floral-print shorts, and white tennis shoes with 'The Little Mermaid' on them. Today, Crystal would be 34 years old and has sadly remained missing for nearly 28 years. If you have any information regarding her disappearance, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the Los Angeles Police Department.