Missing – August 15, 1997 – Opp, AL
17-year-old Kemberly Lorin Ramer was last seen in Opp, AL, on the evening of August 15, 1997. At the time of her disappearance, she was approximately 5’4 and 130 lbs. She had long brown hair and brown eyes. She is believed to have been wearing grey cut-off sweats, a white t-shirt with several bright colors and the words “New Orleans” under the design. It’s also believed she may have been wearing a gold ankle chain and gold rope necklace.
Kem was the daughter of Kenneth Raymer and Sue Infinger. Her parents divorced before she graduated high school, and Kem continued living with her father in Opp while she finished school. Her mother Sue moved to Leonia, FL, which was only about 30 miles from away, which meant Kem frequently traveled back and forth between their homes.
At the time of her disappearance, Kem was preparing to enter her senior year of high school and planned to attend college in Mobile upon graduation.
On August 15, 1997, Kem spent the earlier part of the day at her mother’s before returning home to pick up her senior portraits and participate in the women’s city league softball game. After the game, she hung out with some friends and then went over to her boyfriend’s house. Kem left her boyfriend’s just before midnight in order to make it back to her father’s home a few minutes away by her curfew. This was the last time Kem was seen.
Kem’s father wasn’t home that night, but her car was in the driveway when he arrived the following morning. Assuming she was still sleeping, he wrote her a note letting her know he was going golfing and left. When he returned that afternoon and Kem wasn’t there, he assumed her mother had picked her up, but thought it was odd that Kem hadn’t left a note letting him know. However, when Kem was still not home Sunday morning, he called her mother to see if she was there. Realizing she was not at either of their homes, her mother promptly headed to Opp where they began contacting Kem’s friends and filed a missing person’s report.
When investigators arrived, they discovered signs of a struggle in Kem’s room, including several pictures knocked off the wall in her room and the hallway. They also discovered several phone calls had been made from inside the home to Florida numbers that neither Kem’s mother nor father recognized. Several searches for Kem were conducted in Alabama and Florida, but none of those searches were successful. Tips have come in over the years, but those tips have not led to any additional information related to Kem’s whereabouts or what occurred on the night of August 15, 1997.
Over 20 years later, Kem continues to be listed as an active endangered missing person in the ALEA and NamUs databases.
You can learn more about Kem’s case in Episode 6 of Unforgotten.