Left: Sondra circa, 1983
Right: Age Progressed to age 51
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: October 26, 1983
Missing From: Santa Fe, Galveston County, Texas
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: January 2, 1969
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5’5″ and 123 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Sondra has a mole on her right cheek and some agencies are known to spell her last name as “Romber”
NCMEC Number: 601874
Details of Disappearance
Sondra was last seen in Santa Fe, Texas on October 26th 1983. She was last seen inside her home and may have left for a moment to go to the store but she never returned. The door to the house was found open and biscuits were baking in the oven. Her coat as well as her purse were also found inside the house. Sondra was never seen or heard from again.
Sondra’s father, Alton Ramber, reported her missing the next morning. Investigators initially believed that Sondra had runaway from home and classified her case as such. Some investigators still believe this theory and think she may have assumed a new identity after she vanished. There is no evidence to prove she ran away from home.
It has been noted that Sondra is one of many young women to have gone missing in Galveston County, Texas during the 1980s. Many of the women who went missing were later found murdered. Investigators believe it’s possible Sondra’s disappearance is related to these other cases. Two other still-missing women have also been considered as possible victims.
On October 5th 1985, seventeen year old Michelle Thomas was last seen leaving her family’s residence. She had come home from work at a gas station in Galveston, Texas and then left home with two male acquaintances. She was supposed to meet friends at a nightclub that evening but she never arrived. Authorities believe Michelle was abducted and murdered.
On October 7th 1988, twenty two year old Suzanne Rene Richerson disappeared from her job at Casa Del Mar Condominiums on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, Texas. She worked as a night clerk there and was last seen at 6:00 am by resort security guards. Witnesses heard a female scream followed by a car speeding away from the area. Investigators also believe Suzanne was abducted and murdered.
Following the many disappearances and murders, a task force was created to investigate the cases. The force was comprised of local law enforcement officials and FBI agents called HALT (Homicide Abduction Liaison Team). However, investigators have found no evidence to suggest these cases are connected. No suspects have been publicly named in Sondra’s disappearance either.
At the time of her disappearance, Sondra aspired to be a model and she had just competed modeling school before she disappeared. Her mother, Mary Beatrice Ramber, died in 1972 when Sondra was three years old.
Investigators have found no evidence to suggest Sondra met with foul play on the day she disappeared. Due to lack of evidence, her disappearance is classified as a non-family abduction. Some agencies claim Sondra vanished while walking to school in the morning hours or that she vanished after her father left for work. Her case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Santa Fe Police Department 409-925-8901