Left: Kimberly circa, 1998
Right: Age Progressed to age 37
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: October 30, 1998
Missing From: Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: May 23, 1982
Age: 16 years old
Height and Weight: 5’2″ and 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African American Female, Black hair, Brown eyes, Kimberly suffers from severe allergies and preferred to stay indoors at the time of her disappearance in 1998, she has a small surgical scar on the left side of her abdomen, she has pierced ears and she might use the nicknames “Kim” and “Kiwi”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray colored Bugle Boy shirt with a collar, a pair of light blue Levi’s jeans, white Reebok sneakers with a gray trim, Kimberly was last known to wearing an emerald ring with two diamonds on each side and a double heart ring set with a diamond at the time of her 1998 disappearance
NCMEC Number: 859404
Details of Disappearance
Kimberly went missing from Montgomery, Alabama on October 30th 1998, the day before Halloween of that year. She left her home at some point between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm to go to her neighborhood CVS Pharmacy located on the corner of Third Street and Forest Avenue. She was going to the store in order to purchase a soft drink and some candy. She never returned home and was never seen or heard from again.
Accounts differ as to what happened after she left her home. Some agencies say that she did in fact make it to the store and left but others says she never made it to the store. It’s also been said that she was seen outside of the store in the parking lot before her disappearance.
When Kimberly hadn’t returned within an hour, her parents became concerned and went to the store to search for her. They contacted police after spending 2 to 3 hours searching for her without results. In the original first few hours of her being missing, investigators thought she was a simple runaway due to her age at the time.
Her family doesn’t believe she would’ve runaway. She had already started talking about her plans for Christmas shopping and was also scheduling time with her father to buy presents for her loved ones. Her father said that Christmas is what she talked about before he left for work that morning. This was the last time he saw his daughter.
Investigators and Kimberly’s family fear she was possibly abducted by a stranger that day. Her father believes that someone stopped by Kimberly to ask for directions and that she was giving them due to her kind nature and was then forced into a vehicle. They have no idea who could’ve taken her or why and have found no viable clues to indicate any possibilities.
Despite interviews with friends, family, and classmates, investigators were unable to find any possible explanation for Kimberly’s disappearance. A psychic once said Arrington was still alive and had two children. This has not been confirmed. Her disappearance was shown and talked about on many popular true crime television shows.
Kimberly’s sister believes her sister was possibly taken by a human trafficker and might still be alive and somewhere else. Police questioned multiple people in the area including sex offenders and criminals but they haven’t found a viable suspect in her case.
At the time of her disappearance, Kimberly was described as a happy teenager with no rebellious behavior of any type. She was also very friendly to everyone and had a kind nature. She liked music, dancing, and computers as well. She was a 10th grade student at Jefferson Davis High School in 1998 and was well behaved there. Her mother passed away in 2005, 7 years after her disappearance. Her father and younger sister are still alive and hope to find out her fate.
Kimberly’s disappearance remains unsolved and foul play is possible. There’s been no sign of her since 1998 and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are unclear.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Montgomery Police Department 334-241-2790
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
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