Kemberly Lorin Ramer attended a softball game on the night of August 15, 1997, then visited her boyfriend. She left her boyfriend’s house and returned to her father’s residence. She was last seen in his home at approximately 10:00 p.m.
There was evidence of a struggle inside her bedroom and she was alone in the house at the time she vanished. This occurred four days before she was due to start her senior year of high school. Ramer’s parents reported her as a missing person on August 17, two days after she was last seen. It is possible that Ramer may have been taken against her will. Her personal belongings were left behind at the home, including her eyeglasses, her contacts, jewelry, and money. Foul play is suspected by both the police and Ramer’s family. Her boyfriend and all her family members have been ruled out as suspects.
Nine months after Ramer’s disappearance, on her eighteenth birthday, investigators searched a rural Walton County lake. They were acting on two tips that her body had been dumped there. The search lasted three days and turned up no clues relating to Ramer’s case.
In 2001, a non-profit group in Texas searched Baptism Hole with cadaver dogs and got several hits. They dug up an engine block with a rope tied to it, but had to leave the site before they could excavate it completely. The next day, the FBI brought in its own dogs, which gave no indication of smelling human remains, so there were no more searches conducted in that area.
In July 2006, a sinkhole near Ponce de Leon, Florida, was searched. There were no findings, but media coverage created some new leads that are currently being investigated.
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: August 15, 1997 from Opp, Alabama Classification: Endangered Missing Date Of Birth: May 18, 1980 Age: 17 Height: 5’4″ Weight: 130 lbs. Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Brown Race: White Gender: Female Distinguishing Characteristics: Clear braces on teeth; Thick eyebrows; Pierced ears Jewelry: May have been wearing a gold bracelet and anklet NCIC Number: M-050308286 NCMEC Number: NCMC836649
REWARD
The FBI is offering a reward totaling up to $20,000 for positive information leading to the recovery of kidnap victim Kemberly Ramer or her remains.
Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Opp Police Department (Alabama)
Investigator Bill Shaw
(334) 493-4511
OR
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
(202) 324-3000

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