Kimberly McAndrew, Halifax
On August 12, 1989, 19-year-old Kimberly McAndrew punched the clock at 4:21 p.m., walked out the back door of the Canadian Tire store on Quinpool Road in Halifax and vanished.
A happy, well-adjusted Dalhousie University undergrad, Kimberly was working for the summer as a cashier at the store. Her sister, her sister?s boyfriend and Kimberly?s boyfriend were to pick her up when she finished work at five.
But it was a quiet day at the store, and Kimberly?s supervisor told her that she could punch out early. It wouldn?t have been unusual for Kimberly to walk home on such a beautiful afternoon. The store was about a 15-minute walk from the apartment where she lived with her two sisters.
When they left to pick her up, Kimberly?s sister and friends drove the same route to the store that she would have taken had she walked home. There was no sign of her.
Intelligent, outgoing, well liked at work, Kimberly was her usual upbeat self the day she went missing. Her father, Cyril, a retired RCMP officer, says that she longed to get the silver braces removed from her teeth. She would never have missed the appointment with her dentist that was to have taken place three days after she disappeared.
Former Halifax police Const. Dave MacDonald, who worked on the case, says he thinks of Kimberly often. ?I was an officer for 30 years, the last 12 in the major crimes unit, and never has a case haunted me like this one,? he says.
Sgt. Dave Worrell took over the case in 1999, shortly before MacDonald retired. He says police have received hundreds of tips, investigated alleged sightings, conducted hundreds of interviews and administered several polygraph tests. ?There is at least one person out there who knows what happened,? he says. ?This case is very much ongoing.?
For Cyril McAndrew, coping with his daughter?s disappearance is as difficult today as it was more than 12 years ago. ?Kimberly was abducted?there?s no other explanation. Her bank account was never touched, and her clothes weren?t taken from her home.?
Cyril and his wife, Audrey, live for the day someone finds the strength to tell the truth. And they still have hope. ?Miracles happen,? Audrey says.http://www.readersdigest.ca/mag/2002/04/help_us.html