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Cops Dig For Remains of 12-Yr-Old Missing Since 1979 After Killer Reveals Location 39 Years Later

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Can there be anything worse for parents to face than the disappearance of a child? As horrible as death may be, it at least allows for closure, while a vanishing keeps loved ones snared in a perpetual limbo.

Just consider the torment that the family of Kimberly King must have gone through for nearly 40 years.

It was September 15, 1979, and 12-year-old Kimberly had just left the house of her best friend, Annie.

Kimberly had secretly planned to visit her sister Kathi after the sleepover at Annie’s house. But Annie was the last person to see her alive.

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“She was really fun,” Annie told C&G Newspapers. “She was a rule breaker.”

That penchant for rule-breaking initially led the police to treat her disappearance like a runaway case. Kimberly, though, stayed missing until this year.

In 2008, police searched the property of a convicted child molester named Arthur Ream. They found the remains of Cindy Zarzycki, a 13-year-old girl who had disappeared in 1986.

Ream had already gone to jail for Cindy’s murder, and his help was instrumental in helping authorities find her body. His admission, though, got police investigators thinking.

Officers had long suspected that foul play was involved in Kimberly’s disappearance.

“Deep down I think she was abducted by somebody,” Warren Police Sgt. Henry Piechowski explained to the Detroit Free Press in 1999.

Now they had come to a startling conclusion: Kimberly’s remains may be on Ream’s property. In fact, they believe the murderer may have buried up to seven young women there.

“We certainly are convinced we have the right area,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said to WJBK-TV. “It’s just a sad type of situation.”

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That’s putting it mildly. There isn’t any happy news in a situation like this, but at least now up to seven families may find some sort of peace.

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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