Well proves dry of answers in search for Opp girl missing since 1997

Published: Mar. 19, 2015 at 2:49 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM CDT
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Kemberly Ramer (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
Kemberly Ramer (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
Authorities look in a dug well as they continue to search for the possible remains of a missing...
Authorities look in a dug well as they continue to search for the possible remains of a missing Opp woman (Source: WSFA 12 News)

COFFEE CO., AL (WSFA) - The search for the body of an Opp teen who disappeared in 1997 has struck another dead end. Coffee and Crenshaw county investigators, along with the FBI, were hopeful a tip they got three weeks ago would provide some answers, but it appears the well they dug into Thursday was dry of any results.

Law enforcement officials brought in cadaver dogs and a bulldozer to probe a dug well behind an abandoned house on Coffee County Road 412, but have since called off the search.

Crews dug past the depth of the well and found nothing that would indicate the final resting place of Kemberly Ramer, a 17-year-old who vanished on August 15, 1997 in what has long been suspected to be a case of foul play.

Ramer's disappearance nearly two decades ago sent Opp residents frantically searching for her. The FBI has previously acted on tips to drain a lake and a sinkhole in Florida, but Ramer's body has never been located.

Now, authorities are left with a mountain of dirt it took eight hours to amass, along with a mountain of unanswered questions that have been piled high for considerably longer.

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