New Brunswick

Kimberly Amero search continues after 29 years

It was almost 30 years ago when Kimberly Amero disappeared after an outing at the Atlantic National Exhibition, but Saint John Police say they are still actively investigating the case.

Mother's hope is she will get her daughter's remains as 'I have no hope that she's alive'

N.B. Newsmaker May 25: Lorraine Small

7 years ago
Duration 4:30
This is International Missing Children's Day -- A day to remember all the children who have disappeared and the families who grieve for them. And that includes the family of Kim Amero. She was last seen at the Atlantic National Exhibition in Saint John 30 years ago this September. And there's been no peace for her mother since. Earlier today, Rachel Cave spoke to Lorraine Small at her home in Saint John.

It was almost 30 years ago when Kimberly Amero disappeared after an outing at the Atlantic National Exhibition, but Saint John Police say they are still actively investigating the case.

The police force issued a news release referring to the Amero case on Monday to mark Missing Children's Day.

Kimberly Amero was two days shy of her sixteenth birthday when she disappeared in 1985. (Facebook)
"Our thoughts are with Kim's family during this especially difficult time for this coming September will mark 30 years since her disappearance," stated the news release.

"We encourage anyone with information to help us seek a resolve for Kim's family and friends."

Amero was two days shy of turning 16 years of age when she was missing on Sept. 3, 1985.

When Amero didn't return home by midnight, her mother Lorraine Small contacted police to report her missing, but found her concerns weren't taken seriously by police.

It's a horror story that's never had an ending.- Lorraine Small, mother

"They told me that she was a runaway, that she'll be home," said Small. "They wouldn't take a report. They wouldn't do [anything.]"

"I went back home and we just hoped that she'd come home, which she hasn't in 29 years — 30 in September."

Over the years, Small or her other children have been contacted by police when skeletal remains are found, but none have ever been matched to Amero.

On one occasion, a woman falsely claimed to be Amero, but Small said it wasn't.

"It's a horror story that's never had an ending," said Small.

Small's hope is to get her daughter's remains.

"I have no hope that she's alive. She's missing 29 years," said Small.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Kim is no longer on this planet with us."

At the time of her disappearance, Amero was five feet, eight inches tall, 110 pounds with light brown hair and blue eyes.

She also went by the names of Kimberly Cormier and Kimberly Foster.

Today, she would be 45 years old.

Anyone with information about Amero's disappearance is urged to contact the major crime unit of the Saint John Police Force. 

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