A woman who was four months pregnant went missing from her Florida hometown in 2006 and for years seemingly vanished without a trace.
That was until weeks ago when police said they might know a potential suspect.
Ali I’isha Gilmore was reported missing on Feb. 6, 2006, from her home in Tallahassee, Florida, according to Tallahassee police. The initial investigation revealed Gilmore was pregnant and separated from her husband.
Gilmore had missed a Friday and Monday of work, and no one spoke to her over the weekend, police said. The last contact anyone had with Gilmore was at 12:48 a.m. on Feb. 3.
Police looked at her husband as a possible suspect in Gilmore’s disappearance but ruled him out, according to WCTV.
The front door of Gilmore’s home was locked, and the porch light was left on, according to WCTV. Her car remained in the driveway and her purse, wallet and ID were inside. The only thing missing was her house keys.
“In her bedroom, it looked like her blanket was pulled back as if she was laying in bed at some point. Next to her was a prenatal book that she was reading,” Lt. Jeff Mahoney told the news station.
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Police organized a massive manhunt for Gilmore and put up billboards looking for information. They combed the Apalachicola National Forest, WCTV reported. But all of it came up empty.
For the last 15 years, nobody knew what happened to Gilmore or if someone was responsible for her disappearance. That changed weeks ago when police said Dwight Aldridge as a possible suspect in the case.
Aldridge knew Gilmore from her college days and was a possible father to her child. WCTV reported he went on doctor visits with Gilmore and Gilmore wrote on a calendar the initials “D.A.” next to her conception date.
Police spoke to Aldridge and he admitted to speaking to Gilmore before she went missing, according to WCTV. He was also near her house that night, police said. But Aldridge has stopped with the police investigation and now police are hoping someone can come forward and help them crack the case.
Anyone with information about Aldridge or the case is asked to contact police at (850) 891-4200.
Family members told WCTV that Gilmore was set to learn the sex of the baby the day she went missing. Ali’s sister Attallah held a picture of a sonogram and lamented never meeting the baby.
“This is my niece and my nephew I never got a chance to meet,” she said.
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