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Ep. 2: Amore Joveah Wiggins, Rickem Samuel & Nanette Thomas


For over 10 years, Opelika Police Department diligently searched for the identity of Baby Jane Doe, whose remains were discovered behind an Opelika mobile home park in 2012.  On Thursday 1/19/23, OPD announced they finally had a name - Amore Joveah Wiggins.  Not only did they have her name, with the help of many forensics teams and detectives, they’d also located her biological parents in two different states.

OPD is asking anyone with any information related to Lamar and Ruth Vickerstaff’s relationship with Amore and/or Amore’s time in Opelika to please contact OPD Detective Division at 334-705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665. #JusticeForAmore

Watch the 1/19/23 Opelika Police Department Press Conference in full on WSFA.

View the Opelika Police Department Press Release.


20-year-old Rickem Samuel was last seen on April 2, 2016, getting into a black 4-door Nissan Versa at the Eastern Boulevard Walmart with two of his coworkers from Hyundai Glovis. On June 30, 2016, Rickem's body was located in the 300 block of South Hopper Street.  His cause of death has been classified as undetermined, but it is considered a homicide.  

Listen to Ericka's Missing Our Voice interview.

Watch WSFA's "Case Files: Who Killed Rickem Samuels?"

Watch Ericka's CrimeDoor TV interview (CrimeDoor TV is available on Roku and Tubi)


51-year-old Nanette Thomas vanished from Montgomery just six days after Rickem Samuel in 2016.  Nanette was Rickem’s team lead at Glovis and had met with his mother assist with the search for Rickem just days before her disappearance.  Since Nanette was reported missing on Friday, April 8, 2016, very few details have been released, however, Montgomery Police Department have stated they do not feel the two cases are connected.

To date, Nanette continues to be listed in the ALEA database as an active missing person.

View Nanette's Uncovered case case card, which includes a link to the ALEA Missing Person database under the "Sources" tab.

If you have any information on the murder of Rickem Samuel or disappearance of Nanette Thomas, please contact Montgomery Police Department at 334-241-2651 or Central Alabama CrimeStoppers at 334-215-7867 or submit an anonymous tip online. #JusticeForRickem #FindNannetteThomas

You may also contact us via email at or by messenger on the Alabama Cold Case Advocacy Facebook page.  You can find us on all major social media platforms here. #ALCCA #UnforgottenPod

Episode music:

Intro: "Fingerprint" by Principals of Uncertainty

Additional Music: "Weeping Willow" by Stephen Keech, "The Unforgettable" by Gavin Luke</


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