A Teenager Disappeared From A Small Alabama Town A Quarter Century Ago. The Case Remains A Mystery.
For more than a quarter century, family members and residents in a small Alabama town have been perplexed after teenager vanished into thin air.
Kemberly Ramer, 17 at the time, disappeared from her father's home in Opp, Alabama mysteriously on Aug. 15, 1997, and hasn't been heard from since. She would be 42 today.
“It’s something we always wanted to be able to solve, something we always wanted to solve for the family and the community,” Opp Police Chief Kevin Chance told CBS 42 in 2021. “The community would like to find out what happened to Kemberly, and bring closure to her and her family.”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, foul play is suspected in Ramer's disappearance. Still, no arrests have been made in connection to her vanishing.
“I think about it all the time. What we missed with my daughter. Her being married, having children, my grandchildren. It would be something," Ramer's mother, Sue Infinger, told WDHN in 2020.
According to WTVY, it is believed that Ramer returned to her home before going missing in 1997. The teenager's vehicle was left in the driveway, and all of her belongings were still at the home.
CBS 42 reported that over the years the FBI and authorities in Alabama and Florida have conducted various searches across the panhandle and Wiregrass. A Covington County grand jury meeting convened in recent years to look at new evidence.
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Still, Ramer has not been found.
"Something happens to someone, and nobody knows and they just disappear off the face of the earth. You wonder what happened," Infinger told CBS 42 in 2021.
In 2020, Infinger placed a yellow ribbon on a tree planted near what would have been Ramer's graduating class.
Ramer's case has received plenty of attention over the years, as it's been featured on various television specials, including Dateline.
While hopes of finding her alive are unlikely, the family is still hoping to get closure one of these days.
“It’s something that is always with us. And it will never go away. We will never stop looking for her. People need to remember what happens if this was your child, your sister, your friend. You would never stop looking," Ramer's sister, Kristin Alford, told WDHN.
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