Left: Rima circa, 1985
Right: Age Progressed to age 34
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 15, 1985
Missing From: Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: November 9, 1976
Age: 8 years old
Height and Weight: 4’3″ and 45 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Blonde hair, Blue eyes, both of Rima’s ears are pierced, she has a light colored mark across her right shoulder blade, she has a half inch scar under her chin
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pink shirt, a knee length coat with a belt, tan plaid skirt, white tights, dark brown clogs, Rima was wearing a rainbow colored hair barrette when she vanished
NCMEC Number: 601923
Details of Disappearance
Rima Danette Traxler was last seen as she walked home from school. She was last seen walking approximately 2 blocks away from her home when she vanished. Rima stopped to show a neighbor an art project she made at school that day and then continued to her home. She has never been seen or heard from since.
Authorities suspect that Traxler was kidnapped while walking home. Authorities have named a man, Joseph Kondro, as the prime suspect in her case. He was a close family friend of the Traxlers and was questioned in regards to Rima’s abduction in 1985 but authorities could not find any evidence that linked him to the case.
He was seen driving to a local store to buy cigarettes and beer. In 1997, Kondro confessed to to abducting, raping, and murdering Kara Rudd in 1996. In 1999, he additionally confessed to abducting and killing Rima on the day of her disappearance.
He claimed that since Rima knew him so well that she got into his car willingly when he used the password her mother gave to her “unicorns”. He stated that he drove her to a swimming hole on Germany Creek in Longview where he raped her and then strangled her to death. He stated that he buried her body behind a tree near the spot. Authorities were not able to find Rima’s remains and they have never been found.
Rima remains missing and authorities suspect that Kondro killed her. Her mother, Danelle Kinne, does not believe her daughter is dead or that Kondro abducted her. She believes someone else took her daughter and that Rima is still alive. She theorizes that Kondro falsely confessed to killing the child so he could avoid the death penalty.
Rima has not been found and her disappearance remains unsolved. Authorities believe she was abducted by a non family member as she walked home from school.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Longview Police Department 360-577-3157