Select It Sunday: Kimberly Alice King

This week’s Select It Sunday was chosen by Celeste K.: it’s Kimberly Alice King, who disappeared from Warren, Michigan on September 16, 1979, just a little over a month before she would have turned thirteen.

Kim was spending the night at a neighborhood friend’s home when she sneaked out of the house and called her sister from a pay phone at 11:00 p.m. I’m not sure why she sneaked out or why she called her sister: maybe she just did it for the thrills and wanted to share her secret with someone? In any case, this is the last time anyone saw her.

There was the inevitable speculation that Kim ran away, a theory the police no longer believe in, and also speculation that she was a victim of the as-yet-unidentified Oakland County Child Killer. If she was, she was the only victim whose body was never found — he liked to leave his victims’ bodies lying out in plain sight.

If she’s still alive, Kimberly King would be 50 years old now. But I doubt she lived long after making that final phone call to her sister in 1979.

7 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Kimberly Alice King

  1. marsyao March 6, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Feel strange that LE were not sure where she called her sister. Did LE check the phone record ? If that witness was telling the truth, then why a 12 year old could walk several miles in the middle of the night ? The only reason I could think was that she was going to meet an older boy, or worse an adult man, who was waiting for her outside her grandmother’s home in a car.

    • Michelle July 26, 2017 / 10:36 am

      I can speak from my own life experience. Sometimes 12 year old girls just sneak out the window and walk around the neighborhood in the middle of the night for the thrill and adventure of the experience. I’m 48 now, but when I was that age, I did it all the time. That’s why I’ve always been so interested in this case. I am only two years younger than Kim would be now, and I grew up in the same area, only one mile away from her.

  2. Alice March 6, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I doubt she was a victim of the Oakland killer. He left his victims (possibly deliberately and on the days they died, if memory serves) in the open, as well as the fact he took four children in a short space of time and two years had passed since the last killing. I actually think their murders are connected to this devil thing, honestly. I read it on Websleuths.

    As for what happened to her, I think there might be a chance she’s still alive. Remember, just because somebody has been missing a long time, doesn’t mean we should only look for a body. I also think it’s likely she knew her abductor, who may have offered that she save money on a telephone call and ring from his house.

    • Meaghan March 6, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      I doubt she’s a victim of the Oakland County Child Killer too,but I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on the time gap — it’s possible he was in prison for another crime, for example. I just think if she had been a victim, the body would have been found.

  3. terromangerro March 7, 2017 / 5:04 am

    I agree that she doesn’t fit one of the main MOs of the OCCK, in that this killer went to the trouble of feeding, bathing, and redressing the victims before carefully leaving them to be found. Those actions are ritualistic (meaning forensically that they weren’t necessary in the killing of the victim, thus they are things he needs to do…and I’d argue that he needs to be recognized for since he did leave them to be found).

    She was a very young girl who was running around late at night. There was a crime in MS or MO of a girl (older though) who was forcibly abducted from a pay phone at night. She was an easy target for a predator.

    If you’re up for a rabbit hole, maybe check out the website of the sister of one of the known OCCK victims. There is so much more to those cases and she is (rightfully) angry at how things have (or rather, haven’t) been investigated.

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