Left and Center: Kimberly circa, 1982
Right: Age Progressed to age 47
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: September 27, 1982
Missing From: Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
Classification: Endangered Runaway
Date Of Birth: February 12, 1966
Age: 16 years old
Height and Weight: 5’2″ and 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Kimberly has a gap between her upper front teeth, she might be using the alias “Kimberly Kathleen Gardner and the alternate birthdate of September 17th 1963
NCMEC Number: 601057
Details of Disappearance
Kimberly was last seen in the Davenport area of Iowa on September 27th 1982. She was last seen at a Greyhound Bus Station. She had taken a bus from Houston, Texas to Iowa in order to visit her father. She never arrived at her fathers house and her family never heard of her again.
Investigators believe it’s possible Doss left on her own accord. In 1984, a charitable organization known as Thursday’s Child which assist homeless and at risk children claimed that they had made contact with Kimberly in that year. They told authorities that Kimberly was working as a prostitute on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. She was working under a pimp named James Wiseman. She had bleached her hair blonde and was using the name “Kimberly Garden”.
Thursday’s Child also stated that Kimberly was 4 inches taller than the height she was when she disappeared. Kimberly’s mother did not believe the woman to be her missing daughter so no investigation occurred at the time. It would be several years until investigators decided Kimberly Doss and Kimberly Gardner were probably the same person. By the time investigators came to this conclusion, Gardner had left Hollywood. She has not been confirmed to be Kimberly Doss.
There was a report by a missing child agency known as “The Missing Children…HELP Center” that Kimberly was located safely in Sugarland, Texas on April 5th 1989. This report is false however and Kimberly is still missing. Some agencies may list her date of disappearance as September 1st 1982 or January 1st 1984 or March 24th 1980. Some agencies give her place of disappearance as Los Angeles, California.
Kimberly has not been located and her disappearance remains unsolved. Various missing children’s agencies list her as an endangered runaway. Texas authorities are also assuring in the investigation into her disappearance.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Davenport Police Department 319-326-7778
Texas Department of Public Safety 800-346-3243