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    Kimberly Alice King (12) - Warren MI, 1979

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: September 16, 1979 from Warren, Michigan
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: October 21, 1966
    Age: 12 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'5, 105 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair, blue eyes. Kimberly's nickname is Kim.
    Clothing Description: A blue sweater and Levi's jeans.

    Details of Disappearance
    Kimberly spent the night of September 15, 1979 at a friend's residence in her own neighborhood in Warren, Michigan. She walked across the street the following morning to make a telephone call. She never returned to the friend's home and has not been heard from since September 16, 1979.

    There are few clues as to Kimberly's whereabouts, but her case is classified as a Non-Family Abduction with probable foul play involved in her disappearance. Investigators learned that Kimberly may have traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan after her disappearance, but the leads did not pan out. She does not have a history of running away from home and it is not believed that she left of her own accord.

    Authorities theorized that Kimberly may have been a victim of a serial killer of children in Oakland County, Michigan. The killer, nicknamed "The Babysitter" because he bathed and fed the children prior to their deaths, is believed to be responsible for the abductions and homicides of two boys and two girls around King's age in 1976 and 1977. The children were all held captive for several days before being slain. No one has ever been charged in connection with any of the murders. If Kimberly was a victim of the killer, her case is atypical; in the other cases, the victim's bodies were left out in plain view by roadways and were found fairly quickly, but Kimberly's remains have never been located.

    David Norberg (sometimes called "David Norbert") was considered a suspect in the case for many years. He was employed in Warren at the time of Kimberly's 1979 disappearance, and lived just two streets away from her home. He was killed in an automobile accident near Recluse, Wyoming in 1981. After his death, jewelry allegedly belonging to several of the Oakland County child victims was found among his belongings. Norberg was never charged in connection with any of Kimberly's disappearance or any of the murders, however.

    Norberg's body was exhumed in September 1999 and his DNA was compared to a single strand of unidentified hair discovered on the final murder victim, Timothy King (not related to Kimberly). In November 2002, Authorities announced that Norberg's DNA did not match the hair found on Timothy, but that they were not ruling him out entirely as a suspect. He fits the serial killer's profile very well and there is circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders. Investigators still think he might have been involved in Kimberly's apparent abduction if not the murders.

    The Oakland County serial killer has never been identified and it is not clear whether Kimberly's case is part of the pattern. The murder cases received fresh attention in 2005, when authorities announced the opening of a telephone hotline for tips, but so far no arrests have been made. Kimberly's case remains unsolved.


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