Elizabeth Ocasio last spoke with her daughter about 8:30 p.m. May 26. Tracy Ocasio said she planned to come home after watching a televised basketball game with friends at the Florida Tap Room.. She never returned home.
On the afternoon of May 27, police found Tracy Ocasio's car in a rundown neighborhood three miles from the Ocasio home. The car was parked on private property. Tracy's purse was in the car. Tracy's ID, cell phone and car keys were not recovered. James Hataway, 28, is apparently seen on the bar's surveillance tape. It appears that Hataway left the bar with Tracy. Hataway claims that Ocasio had given him a ride home from the bar that night and that he didn't see Ocasio after she dropped him off. Hataway's home was just 200 yards from where Ocasio's car was found. Hataway allegedly took a polygraph test which police claim showed some discrepancies. (However, Legal Pub cautions on overreliance on polygraphs. LINK) No forensic evidence was found to suggest Ocasio was injured or killed inside her car.
Hataway faces charges on an alleged assault of a woman in 2008. He allegedly tried to hurt a woman who was giving him a ride in that incident. Hataway is held on $250,000 bail for the the charges stemming out of the 2008 incident. He has not been charged with regard to Ocasio's death. Hataway is to be considered innocent of all charges unless otherwise proven in a court of law. For any tips on Ocasio's disappearance, please call the tip line at 1-800-423-TIPS. A $20,000 reward is available through the family.