MP of the week: Heather Zimmerman

This week’s featured missing person is Heather Dawn Mullins Zimmerman, a 19-year-old who disappeared on May 26, 1997. She was married, but living with her parents while her husband was stationed with the Marines in Japan. She apparently disappeared after leaving her parents’ Gifford, Illinois home to attend a party in nearby Rantoul. She may have been dropped off near her parents’ home at 3:00 a.m., but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Another woman, 20-year-old Jamie Harper, disappeared from Rantoul in 2007. Both Jamie and Heather are missing under suspicious circumstances, and the police stated they had the same person of interest in both cases.

5 thoughts on “MP of the week: Heather Zimmerman

  1. Patrick Kerrigan June 24, 2020 / 9:49 am

    I read this morning, that Ester Westenbarger, who was last seen leaving a Kokomo, Indiana bar on November 13, 2009, had been found.

    It appears that her algae covered car was spotted by two fishermen in a retenton pond, last Wednesday in the area.

    There are a number of missing persons cases where they were found with their vehicles in various bodies of water.

    • Meaghan June 24, 2020 / 9:51 am

      If a person disappears with their car and neither turns up I would check all bodies of water along any routes they might have been on.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan June 24, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    I agree. There needs to be a better way to search thr various bodies of water for missing cars.

    • Meaghan June 24, 2020 / 4:03 pm

      It doesn’t need to be high-tech necessarily. One guy found a missing person using just a fishing pole with a magnet attached to the end. He kept casting his line until he felt the magnet grab something, which turned out to be a car which had been in that place for like twenty years.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan June 25, 2020 / 11:04 am

    One of the tools being used is side scanning sonar. However, there are only two different people doing it. Although some survey companies have it. It still costs money.

    I have been thinking along the lines of the tools used by the most navies in searching for submarines. I served on one and one of tools was magnetic analomy detection equipment found on the P-3C land based patrol planes and some helicopters. They would be able to search a large body of water, much quicker.

    Who knows how many other vehicles containing their drivers are in retention ponds, creeks, streams, rivers and lakes around the country.

    The other option is the use of satellite imaging such as was the case, with that car found on Google earth image of a lake in Florida last year.

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