UNFOUND: Podcast explores theories, talks suspects in Ramer case

Published 12:24 am Thursday, August 23, 2018

Twenty-one years after Kemberly Ramer’s disappearance, a fresh new set of eyes has taken an interest to the case

Ramer was a 17-year-old softball player and Opp High School honor student when, on Aug. 15, 1997, she vanished, seemingly without a trace. Her vehicle was found in the driveway, and none of her belongings were missing from the residence.

But her mother, Sue Ramer Infinger, has not given up hope of finding out what happened to her daughter, and said she believes any type of exposure could potentially help. That’s why she participated in a podcast for the series Unfound: A Missing Persons Program. The edition about Kemberly’s case was released August 17.

In the podcast, host Edward Dentzel brings to light several conspiracy theories and reveals who he thinks could be a suspect.

“A lady contacted me that was connected with Unfound,” Infinger said. “So after that I talked with Ed and did the podcast.”

Infinger said that she wanted to do the podcast because she knows that Kemberly is out there.

“I know that she is still out there,” Infinger said. “And with Ed bringing different theories into the light, then maybe it will get people thinking.”

Infinger said that the podcast has gotten a lot of good feedback since it aired.

“April McDaniel, which is the administrator on the ‘Help Find Kemberly Ramer Facebook Page,’ has been getting a lot of traffic on the website after the podcast,” Infinger said. “I just know that I appreciate any kind of awareness.”

In the podcast, Dentzel looks at things from a different angle and brings up different conspiracy theories that fans asked during a live video on Facebook, such as if the house was really ransacked, the fact that she had a secret boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, and if there were any signs of struggle in the house.

“I don’t know if any of the conspiracy theories are true,” Infinger said. “But now people are looking at it from different angles. It helps when someone isn’t blindfolded or looking at the situation through tunnel vision, so all of it helps.”

In previous interviews, Infinger said she believed someone hurt her daughter, and begged for information, saying she needs to bury her daughter, and she and her family need peace.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Community Information Center, there are 137 active missing adult cases and 30 active missing children cases currently in Alabama.

“It hurts my heart to see on the news just how many people are missing,” Infinger said. “It’s been 21 years since Kemberly went missing and it is heartbreaking and devastating, because somebody knows what happened and is keeping it a secret.”

Kemberly’s story has drawn national media attention, including features on NBC’s Dateline Cold Case Spotlight; the Montel Williams Show and CNN’s Nancy Grace, but Infinger said that talking about Kemberly’s story is not an easy thing to do.

“It is very hard to talk about it some days,” Infinger said. “But it is still the right thing to do because I know that she is out there.”

Infinger said that there has been a recent inquiry in the case from the Walton County Sheriff’s Department.

“The sheriff’s department in Walton County has taken an interest in it, which is amazing,” Infinger said. “It is a little strange because it is a missing persons report in Alabama, but they have more than a thousand files on their desks now looking into it.”

There was a vigil scheduled for Kemberly in Opp earlier this year, but it was postponed. Infinger said that she does not know if she can schedule another one.

“My husband is having a rough time with health issues,” Infinger said. “So even though we want to hold a vigil I don’t know if we can do it now.”

The podcast can be found on Facebook at Help Find Kemberly Ramer, or on the Unfound website, www.unfoundpodcast.com under “Kemberly Ramer: Where The Secrets Lead.”

Additionally, on Wednesday, someone started a GoFundMe account, Hope for Kemberly Ramer, with a goal of raising $10,000 to add to the existing $25,000 award money for information about her disappearance.

Anyone with information about Kemberly’s disappearance is asked to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST), the Opp Police Department at 334-493-4511 or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8111.