Gaston County police have renewed their search for Jamie Michelle Fraley in honor of the fourth anniversary of her disappearance.
Fraley was last seen around 2 a.m. on April 9, 2008 at her apartment at 1850 Lowell Bethesda Road near Gastonia.
The 4-foot 8-inch, 90-pound white female with blond hair and brown eyes was 22 at the time of her disappearance. She would be 26 today.
Fraley, who was bi-polar and suffered from other health issues, didn't drive.
Authorities said they found her apartment locked with everything in place and no signs of violence. Fraley's purse and door keys were inside.
Police said it looked as though she stepped away, expecting to return.
The day after Fraley disappeared, a utility worker found her cellphone as it rang alongside South New Hope Road, about two miles from the apartment. Her relatives were trying to reach her.
Early on, police began to suspect Ricky Dale Simonds Sr., 49, as a "person of interest" in Fraley's disappearance. He lived in the same apartment complex, and had served prison time for killing a woman in the 1980s, police said.
Fraley had been dating Simonds' son, Ricky Jr., who wasn't considered a suspect because he was in prison when Fraley disappeared.
But in June, 2008, Simonds Sr. was found dead in the trunk of his ex-girlfriend's car. Still, police searched for clues about what happened to Fraley.
A reward is being offered for information that solves this case.
“If there’s someone out there who has any information at all. Even if they think it’s a minor detail, we would like to know every piece of information,” said Sergeant R. S. Dover.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320 or CrimeStoppers at 704-861-8000.