Ramer story gets national attention again

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It may be Covington County’s biggest unsolved mystery.

Nearly 19 years ago – Kemberly Ramer, a 17-year-old softball player and honor student, disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.



On Sunday, NBC Dateline Cold Case Spotlight aired her story.

They spoke to Sue Enfinger, Ramer’s mother; Capt. Donald Clark of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas Astralaga, chief division counsel of the Mobile FBI.

From all accounts, Ramer made it home that August night and was taken from inside the residence.

This isn’t the first time her story has been featured on national television.

She has been featured on the Montel Williams show and CNN’s Nancy Grace.

The case remains unsolved despite numerous tips, leads and searches over the years, including searching a lake and a sinkhole near Ponce de Leon, Fla., all of which yielded nothing.

At one point, some 30 FBI investigators were actively working the case.

Last March, investigators and authorities with the FBI, ABI, Opp Police Department and Coffee County Sheriff’s Office held an almost all-day excavation at a remote site along the Covington-Coffee county line, after they received a tip.

At the time, Coffee County District Attorney Tom Anderson, who was at the scene of the dig, said the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office received a tip a few weeks before that Ramer’s remains were located in a well behind a dilapidated home on Coffee County Road 412.

“The person who gave the tip had connections with people who have been deemed persons of interest by the Opp Police Department,” Anderson said.

No remains were found.

On Monday, Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald, whom along with a slew of other agencies, has worked on the case from the beginning, said they have followed up on a couple of things with the FBI, but nothing that has yielded anything yet.

“We try to follow up on anything that appears to be of merit,” he said. “The bottom line is there are people out there who know what happened to her. We hope that some of those or one of those people will come forward to provide her family with some closure and provide enough evidence we can move forward in the prosecution.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Opp Police Department at 334-493-4511 or the Mobile FBI at 251-438-3674.