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New leads sought in missing-girl case

Kimberly Kersey vanished after school 31 years ago

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian environment and transportation reporter
Published: March 14, 2018, 10:03pm
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Kimberley Kersey left school on foot in March 1987.
Kimberley Kersey left school on foot in March 1987. She never arrived home, and hasn't been seen since. Photo Gallery

Thirty-one years ago this week, Mountain View High School student Kimberly Kersey left school to walk home. She never made it, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is highlighting the anniversary of the case in hopes it can generate new leads.

Kersey, 18, disappeared March 11, 1987, rocking the community.

“The case has never really been closed, it’s just unsolved,” sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Brent Waddell said.

The sheriff’s office, with Detective Lindsay Schultz, reinvigorated its cold case unit in recent years, and the Kersey disappearance is one of its projects.

“Anybody who’s been here for any length of time is very aware of the Kim Kersey case,” he said.

Waddell said Schultz and the unit are trying to use social media to mark anniversaries in particular investigations, in an attempt to generate more attention for old cases and, ideally, find more information.

Schultz interviewed Kristen Kersey, Kimberley Kersey’s sister, for the effort. Kristen Kersey was 13 at the time her sister went missing, and she talked with Schultz about the pain of a sister disappearing.

“When you have a sister there’s a bond there, you know?” she said. “Just someone to share something that’s really deep.”

Kristen Kersey and the sheriff’s office encourage anyone with helpful information to contact the sheriff’s office, or contact Schultz directly at lindsay.schultz@clark.wa.gov or 360-397-2028.

Columbian environment and transportation reporter